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The day starts like any other in Postville, a town in northern Iowa. Years ago, a slaughterhouse and processing plant for beef, turkey and chicken had opened. Its name: Agriprocessors. The typical routine for any worker of the sort that was employed there was to start by getting up at whatever hour their shift demanded. In 1996, when I first began, there were only two: the daily production line, and the nightly cleaning. Working there was like being in a concentration camp; you readers will soon begin to discover why. Essentially, “illegals” don’t have many job opportunities because they fear detention, arrest and deportation.
©2018 Elver Herrera and Jennifer Cooley (Translator)
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Herrera, Elver and Cooley, Jennifer Translator
"Dispatch from Postville,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 13
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol13/iss1/7