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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Iowa Independent: Postville author rips Culver and Judge on Agriprocessors

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

'This is akin to foxes guarding the chicken coop' ... Long before
Postville made national headlines as the site of a massive immigration
raid at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant last May, author Stephen
Bloom had spent years in the community and detailed his observations
in a critically acclaimed book, "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in
Heartland America," published in 2000. With Agriprocessors now in
bankruptcy and eight former employees, including former CEO Sholom
Rubashkin, facing criminal charges, Bloom is uniquely qualified to
provide the historical context of what happened in Postville. In a
telephone interview with Iowa Independent, he spoke about how the
social and economic tensions he observed in Postville culminated in a
debacle that has disrupted the life of the town and exposed the
shortcomings of state regulations and national immigration laws.

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