Postville: Five Years Later

Postville: Five Years Later
Monday, May 13, 2013 - 4:10pm

Iowa town looks back at largest immigration raid in U.S. history.

(KWWL) Exactly five years ago Sunday, a small eastern Iowa town was in shock following what was then the biggest immigration raid in U.S. history.

It's a day that devastated the community, creating an impact still felt today.

On May 12, 2008, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) swarmed the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville.

Federal officials detained 389 people, mostly from Mexico and Guatemala, suspected of being in the country illegally.

Officials bussed them to Waterloo, where they appeared before federal judges. Some were deported, others were allowed to stay under a variety of special circumstances.

Five years later, the city is on the path to recovery and looking to a brighter future.

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