The past six months have seen three of the largest workplace immigration raids in U.S. history. In May, the rural Iowa town of Postville was convulsed when 900 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stormed a kosher meatpacking plant and arrested 389 workers. In August, ICE agents descended on an electrical equipment factory near Laurel, Mississippi, detaining nearly 600 workers. And in October, the scene was repeated in Greenville, South Carolina, where 330...
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Danny Postel is communications coordinator for Interfaith Worker Justice, a national network based in Chicago that mobilizes faith communities to improve conditions for low-wage workers. He has written for the American Prospect, the Guardian, the Nation, and other publications.