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Robert R. Rigg

2010

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The Postville Raid: A Postmortem, Robert R. Rigg Aug 2010

The Postville Raid: A Postmortem, Robert R. Rigg

Robert R. Rigg

In 2008, the largest immigration raid to date took place in Postville, Iowa. The target of the raid was Agriprocessors Inc., where an estimated 75% of its 968 employees were in the country illegally. In addition to the deportation of those taken into custody, the decision was made to criminally prosecute the seized individuals en masse. This represented a departure from the selected and targeted criminal prosecutions of prior immigration raids. The raid was scheduled for Monday, May 12, 2008.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa, the United States Department …