Priority Populations

abUSed: The Postville Raid

This full-length documentary film, directed by Luis Argueta, weaves together the personal stories of the individuals, the children, the families, and the town directly affected by one of the largest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in the United States. On May 12, 2008, in Postville, Iowa (population 2,320), 900 armed ICE agents arrested, handcuffed and chained 389 immigrant workers at Agriprocessors, Inc., the largest kosher slaughter-house and meat-packing plant in the country. Of the legal proceedings that ensued, one of the judges that presided over them said he was embarrased to be a U.S. District judge that day.

For more information, please see the Urban Institute report, Facing Our Future: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement, and the National Council of La Raza/Urban Institute Report, Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America’s Children.