An Iowa Reader Tells Postville`s Side Of The Immigration Raids—Since The MSM Won`t
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“Dubuque Observer” (e-mail
Yesterday`s apprehension by federal authorities of
illegal immigrants using false Social Security numbers
and stolen identities at a kosher
meat-processing plant in
Postville, Iowa, brought with it interesting
regional news coverage. [Immigration
Hearings Begin in Waterloo, By Jennifer Jacobs
and Jerry Perkins, Des Moines Register, May 14,
Descriptions by television and print reporters rarely
included the word "illegal" and placed most
attention on "immigrant" instead. A few reporters
referred to "hysteria" that more raids in more
Iowa locations would follow.
Roman Catholic Archbishop Jerome Hanus, (e-mail
Dubuque archdiocese covers Iowa`s northeastern
corner, lamented the manner in which the raid was
that: "weakest among us are bearing the brunt of
Hanus wants “comprehensive immigration reform.”
Diocese Mobilizes to Help Postville Community After
Immigration Raid, Deirdre Cox Baker,
Quad-City Times, May 14, 2008]
staff members (apparently Roman Catholics don`t have
priests run parishes anymore) at Postville`s St.
Bridget`s Catholic Church
expressed compassionate views spurred on with the eager
assistance of the media.[Anxiety
High Inside Postville Church, By Adam Betz,
The Gazette, May 13, 2008]
Postville`s residents are descended from its original
settlers and are largely of German Lutheran, Irish
Catholic and Norwegian backgrounds. Most are unhappy
with the illegal immigration invasion. It has cost many
their jobs and has dramatically altered their ways of
If one can obtain past print issues of the local
newspapers (remember these are small towns where
everything is news), they will reveal the car accidents
uninsured and unlicensed drivers, crimes of
drunkenness, theft, births out of wedlock, etc.
For anyone looking for it, historical documentation
for why illegal immigrants in a small Iowa town became
unwelcome is available.
For those who work at any of Iowa`s large daily
papers, television stations or public radio that
information is readily at hand. But no one in the media
had the interest to look
The people of Postville need a website that gives
them the opportunity to report how "diversity"
foisted upon them by illegal aliens and their advocates
have turned their life and their town upside down.
Joe Guzzardi adds:
A review of
reader comments on the
Des Moines Register
story, cited in the first paragraph, confirms the letter
writer`s opinion that most local residents support the
raids and find the reporting shoddy and biased.