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Early spring, 2008. Exams finished, semester grades submitted. Many faculty and most students were already enjoying the start of summer break. I was serving as Head of the Department of Modern Languages so I had to be in the office, but traffic was light.
About a week before, rumors began circulating in the Hispanic community in Waterloo and nearby towns, where a number of Mexicans and Central Americans had found work. Was there going to be a raid? I didn’t know but promised to find out what I could. Soon FEMA minivans and busses were seen in town. The official word was that FEMA was planning a mock catastrophe event. They were setting up on the Cattle Congress grounds in Waterloo, a place with sheds and barns for livestock, a center for expositions, several additional buildings, and at one end, a lovely building called the Electric Park Ballroom, used for concerts and similar events.
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"Memories of a Raid,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 13:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol13/iss1/5