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It ain’t over till the fat lady sings in Postville!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on August 30, 2008

Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation & State Patrol serve search warrant on Agriprocessors yesterday

The Iowa attorney general’s office had the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) along with the Iowa State Patrol serve a search warrant at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville. This Kosher processing plant was the site of a huge Immigration raid in May.

The plant has been accused of violating child-labor laws and worker-safety regulations. Earlier this month, the state Division of Labor recommended that the Iowa Attorney General’s Office file charges after 57 cases of child labor law violations at the plant were uncovered.

Apparently, no one was hauled off but they were probably searching for records. Of course, no comment from Agriprocessors.

So far, top executives and the plant’s owners have not yet faced any charges in connection with the raid or alleged child labor violations. Two lower-level supervisors recently pleaded guilty to Immigration charges and we are betting that the Feds are getting close to charging the exec’s and/or owners. Remember, it ain’t over till the fat lady sings! see stories DesMoines Register…..Chicago Tribune

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At least that gets rid of 10 of them!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on August 17, 2008

ICE upset over federal immigration judge letting ten detained women from the Postville, IA meatpacking raid to return to their homeland without criminal charges. Like how about being here illegally judge? Omaha World-Herald story Des Moines Register story

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Postville, Iowa: Non-skilled labor contractor pulls workers out of AgriProcessors meatpacking plant

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 31, 2008

Labor Ready, one of America’s largest providers of temporary employment in the unskilled and construction fields pulled about 150 workers out of Agriprocessors meatpacking plant for supposedly safety concerns. We say supposedly because Labor Ready has a history of being accused of and taken to court for mistreatment and deceptive practices by employees and labor unions.

In March and April, the Iowa Division of Labor Services agreed to reduce fines against the plant for 39 violations of workplace safety rules based on inspections that took place in October 2007 and February 2008. Many of the alleged violations related to hazardous chemicals, blood-borne pathogens and what the state called “serious health violations.” According to government records, Agriprocessors Inc. has a history of noncompliance with state and federal regulations related to food safety, pollution and workplace safety at its Postville facility.

So apparently Labor Ready didn’t know they were providing workers into an unsafe facility prior to the ICE raid (if they were providing workers prior to Monday, May 12) and/or they had no knowledge of the prior safety concerns and inspections of the Iowa Division of Labor prior to placing their personnel into the plant sometime after May 12? (Wink-Wink!) So when did they know it and how much did they know? We just don’t buy it! It looks like they are trying to make a “fast exit” while they can…..DesMoines Register story

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Agriprocessors In Trouble: or when your in trouble, make it look like your doing something!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 24, 2008

DES MOINES (AP) — Agriprocessors Inc. is seeking a new chief executive officer after an immigration raid at its meatpacking plant cost it nearly half its work force…..story

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Patti Fetzer writes “What part of illegal do you not understand?”

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 24, 2008

MOUNT AUBURN — It surprises me that so many people are blaming ICE for tearing apart the families of the illegal immigrants. What part of illegal do you not understand?….full opinion

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Isn’t it time to re-call Congressman Braley, (D-IA)?

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 22, 2008

The Gazette Online – Updated May 21. 2008 6:31AM

It’s no wonder Congress can’t get anything done.  (Partisan) politician, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has asked officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement to estimate the cost of the recent immigration raid at Agriprocessors Inc. in Postville.  Hey Congressman, why don’t you have the state add up all the social costs to Iowa while your at it?…..story

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Oh…sure…union leaders didn’t know Agriprocessors was using illegal alien labor!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 21, 2008

Labor and immigration leaders condemn Agriprocessors
By FRED LOVE, Courier Des Moines bureau

DES MOINES — An immigration reform advocate and a labor union leader accused Agriprocessors Inc. of exploiting its employees and violating health and safety regulations Monday.

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Iowa: Largest number of illegal aliens to plead guilty & sentenced in one day!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 21, 2008

85 sentenced in Postville immigration raid
Associated Press – May 20, 2008 10:44 AM ET

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Federal prosecutors say 85 people arrested in last week’s immigration raid at a meatpacking plant in Postville have been sentenced on federal charges.

They are part of a group of nearly 400 people arrested at the Agriprocessors plant.

They pleaded guilty yesterday in Waterloo. The U.S. attorney’s office says it’s the largest number of defendants to plead guilty and be sentenced in one day.

Officials say 77 pleaded guilty to using false identification to obtain employment. They admitted using the ID of an actual person and were sentenced to five months in prison and face deportation.

Eight others pleaded guilty to using a false ID to obtain employment, but those documents did not belong to an actual person. They were sentenced to five years probation and ordered out of the country.

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Raid Could Make Postville A Ghost Town!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 15, 2008

Some sluthing around found an interesting web blog, “The Problem With the Lubavitch”. It seems that the Chabad Lubavitch, a worldwide Jewish organization headquartered in Brooklyn, N.Y. owns the Postville processing plant. The Lubavitch are very quietly anti-Israel and the established Jewish-American community does not recognize them. Without going into a lot of detail, which you can read yourself, they appear to operate with questionable business practices and outright scams to increase their profits. The town of Postville has had a history of conflict around Agriprocessors, Inc, and it’s Postville facility has a history of noncompliance with state and federal regulations related to food safety, pollution and workplace safety.

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Feds Arrest Hundreds In Iowa Over Immigration

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 14, 2008

Postville, Iowa (AHN) – At least 300 people were arrested, mostly over illegal identity theft and illegal immigration, by federal immigration agents in northeastern Iowa at the world’s biggest meat processing plant…..story

Also, see

ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/IA/about/ImmigrationBattle.pdf

http://problemswithlubavitch.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/postville-factory-is-owned-by-the-lubavitch/

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