- Some of the women apprehended in the raid were still unaccounted for a week afterwards, having been initially detained in various county jails. ICE was unresponsive to requests for their location.
- Several employees detained lost their housing because replacement workers Agriprocessors hired took over the former workers' company-owned housing.
- The Agriprocessor plant brought in busloads of Lakota from the Dakotas to replace apprehended workers.
- Union representatives claim the plant employed workers as young as 13 and that they have evidence that supervisors beat workers.
- The employer has still not been charged in the raid for any violation whatsoever.
Tomorrow is one month since the raid. Activists call for a monthly moment of rememberance of the ICE raid on the 12th of each month. If anyone hears any work of the raid or of this movement in MSM, let me know.
LULAC (League of Latin American Citizens) states (5/21/08):
"It is about time that Congress begins to look at the extremely aggressive tactics of Immigration and Custom Enforcement Officials (ICE) and the effects on the immigrant community. Up to this time congressional hearings that have been held focus on problems of immigration and rarely on human costs. We urge Congress to hold hearings so that lawmakers are better informed about the human costs of aggressive enforcement measures so that they can develop more proactive immigration laws that meet the needs of our economy while expecting human dignity and the right to work.” (emphasis mine)
Who will step up to the plate with reasonable proposals for the reform of immigration law? I've shirked my duty long enough. This summer, I'm going to consider what acceptable comprehensive immigration reform should look like. If I come up with anything, I'll let you know.
Your thoughts will help. What should our country do to get our system in sync with our reality?