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Postville's population shrunk by 60% in one day.

As reported in Oct. 14 issue of the Des Moines Register, the Postville Immigration Raid that took place on May 12th, 2008 is now estimated at costing taxpayers $5.2 Million Dollars.  
Startling when you calculate (as the Register did) that this equates to $13,396.00 for each of the 389 illegal immigrants taken into custody that day.

Not only has this move cost the state a tremendous amount of money, which undoubtedly could have been used for flood relief. It puts into perspective how the 'Macho Cowboy-- Round Em Up Mentality' did nothing but ham-string Postville's Main Street.  Effectively what happened on that warm day in May was that Postville lost 60% of their population (fair to say the guts of any small town economy), countless families were torn apart, and all they are left with was vacant houses, empty businesses, single parent families, and not a clue of what to do now.

The part of this extended story (going back to the original search warrants that started this whole thing) that bothers me most is the way in which the Immigrant is portrayed as the most villainous, venomous creature to have ever stepped foot on planet earth or at least American soil.  
Has you read Sinclair’s ‘the Jungle’? Have you ever worked for less than minimum wage, Iowa's is $7.25? Ever envisioned yourself operating an industrial style chainsaw to rip cow carcasses into two? How about cutting out cow tongues all day?

It’s not about vilifying. It’s about humanizing.

Originally posted to jsloo on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 04:28 PM PDT.


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  •  They aren't here leglally (1+ / 0-)
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    What I can't get past is why so many on the "progressive" side expect Americans to accept the presence of illegal immigrants when they didn't follow the law to come here. Why should they be allowed to stay?

    If I went to any other foreign country, immigrated illegally, worked for a years, only to be caught by their version of ICE, they would treat it as a routine matter. They'd have me on the first plane back here.

  •  packing plant jobs (4+ / 0-)
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    Marie, Dr Colossus, Nightprowlkitty, kurt

    We miss the packing plant jobs we used to have in northwest Iowa. They were union wage and life was good. When Iowa Beef Packers closed in the early 1980s it looked like our main street got hit with a neutron bomb. It came for us again today - I'm sitting here with my brother and we're talking about what the 33% cut at his employer, a hog confinement operation, will mean for the town.

  •  Did anyone fine the white people involved? You (2+ / 0-)
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    Marie, lcrp

    know, the business owners?

    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

    by Words In Action on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 04:43:35 PM PDT

  •  How much did it cost American workers who (1+ / 0-)
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    don't have jobs?

    Don't be a dope.  Illegal immigrants are a big part of the problems with the US economy right now.

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

    by Skeptical Bastard on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 04:47:38 PM PDT

    •  yeah right (1+ / 0-)
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      That's why the unemployment rate in this country has been declining since the mass migration started because so many millions of American workers who were just dying to pick strawberries and work in meat processing aren't able to do so. Get real, millions of new American jobs were created to service this new industrious population, many more than were lost.

      Law is a light which in different countries attracts to it different species of blind insects. Nietzsche

      by Marcion on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 05:05:01 PM PDT

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      •  picking strawberries? (0+ / 0-)

        How clueless.. whole manufacturing plants have gone Spanish speaking in this country.  Construction and road work projects are being manned by illegal workers more and more each day.

        Wake up and get a clue.

        "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

        by Skeptical Bastard on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 08:20:53 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Somewhat OT: the South Dakota abortion ban (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, Marcion

    was passed with the knowledge that it would potentially cost the state millions in legal fees. So the state has set up a private fund that people from around the country can contribute to to fund the state's legal expenses. In other words: if you are a wealthy abortion opponent, you can now basically hire the state of SD to fight your battles for you.

  •  Please revise your diary to correct your (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, Justus

    error. The first link states that the tax dollars are Federal, not Iowan, and are only what ICE reports spending on the Postville raid up to August 21, 2008. The total will be much higher due to the federal cost paid to the private prisons that will house the Postville workers while they serve their terms before being deported.

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