Faculty Publications

Title

Postville: The effects of an immigration raid

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Families in Society

Volume

92

Issue

2

First Page

147

Last Page

153

Abstract

Many unauthorized immigrants regularly enter the United States in search of employment. A substantial number of these individuals come from impoverished countries and look to the United States as a path toward prosperity. Unfortunately, many unauthorized immigrant workers suffer exploitation from their employers and are at risk of becoming victims of worksite raids. This exploratory study examines the effects of a raid of an unauthorized immigrant worksite in Postville, Iowa. Interviews with key informants provide an inside perspective of the effects of the raid on children, adults, and the community. Participants offered suggestions on how to improve current policies that may violate immigrants' human rights. The results advance the knowledge base for social work in provision of services and advocacy for immigrant populations. © 2011 Alliance for Children and Families.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1606/1044-3894.4096

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