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Shattered Dreams: The Story of a Historic ICE Raid in the Words of the Detainees

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Shattered Dreams: The Story of a Historic ICE Raid in the Words of the Detainees

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In May of 2008, the small town of Postville, Iowa, experienced an Immigration Raid in which nearly 400 Latino immigrant workers in the meat processing industry were arrested. The Postville Raid, the second largest in U.S. history, was the first and last of its kind. Instead of immediately deporting the undocumented, they were tried in groups of ten on charges of identity theft and then sent to jail for 5 ½ months. A group of 40 women were arrested but released with GPS monitors on their ankles so that they could care for young children, and were held in Postville for over a year during which they were not allowed to work to support their families. These are the life stories, told in their own words, of some of the workers who were affected by the raid. The immigrant families,with special emphasis on women and children, share the stories of their childhoods, the decision and the journey to “El Norte,” working at the meat processing plant, and the raid and its aftermath. These true stories vividly portray the fear, violence and harassment that is the lot of those who are “undocumented,” but also shows their strength of spirit in the face of poverty-stricken childhoods, dangerous border crossings, inhumane working conditions, and as they experienced the U.S. legal and penal system. -- Provided by publisher

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Postville Immigration Raid, Postville, Iowa, 2008. Deportation. Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.

Document Type

Book

ISBN

9781491086377

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Floricanto Press

City

Moorpark, CA

Language

en

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application/pdf

Shattered Dreams: The Story of a Historic ICE Raid in the Words of the Detainees

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