Presents the devastating effects of US Enforcement Immigration policies on communities, families and children. The film tells the gripping personal stories of the individuals, the families and the town that survived the most brutal, most expensive and largest immigration raid in the history of the United States and serves as a cautionary tale of government abuses.
Upcoming Screening at Wartburg College, Waverly Iowa.
Director of film on Postville raid to show movie, speak at convocation.
Guatemalan filmmaker Luis Argueta will present movie with commentary, discuss aftermath of immigration raid with panel.
The director of a documentary about the 2008 Postville meatpacking plant immigration raid will review its aftermath during appearances at Wartburg College.
Luis Argueta, whose “abUSed: The Postville Raid” chronicled the largest immigration raid in U.S. history, will show the movie, then participate in a panel discussion, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
The critically acclaimed Guatemalan filmmaker depicted the arrests of nearly 400 immigrant workers with false identity papers — including many Guatemalans — at the Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant. Most served short prison sentences and entire families were deported.
Argueta will meet with the public Monday, Oct. 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m.in the Wartburg Chapel Commons.He will the complete film while providing commentary at 7:30 p.m. in the Wartburg Chapel, then conclude with a question-and-answer session.
Dan Vondra, an Iowa City attorney who has represented immigrants throughout the nation
Chad Wahls, principal, Cora Darling Elementary School, Postville
Pastor Steve Brackett, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville
“The panel will not revisit the raid, but will inform us about what has happened to the people and community involved since the raid, and the impact it has had on a national dialogue on immigration reform,” said event organizer Dr. Terry Letsche, associate professor of computer science at Wartburg.
The events both days are open to the public without charge.