Monday, July 14, 2008
No Justice - No Mercy: The Shame at DOJIn an article, and in a separate editorial, the NY Times has covered the story of some 300 undocumented workers ("illegal aliens") who were arrested in a raid at Agriprocessors, a slaughterhouse in Portsville, Iowa. The story of the workers - many of whom were sentenced to 5-month prison terms, has been publicized by a court-interpreter, Erik Camayd-Freixas.
Camayd-Freixas is a professor of Spanish at Florida International University, and has served as a court interpreter for 23 years. His essay, describing the abuse of justice evident in the tactics of the Bush DOJ and federal prosecutors, also tells the shamefully sad story of the resulting hardship and indignity.
An excerpt from his essay:
Postville, Iowa (pop. 2,273), where nearly half the people worked at Agriprocessors, had lost 1/3 of its population by Tuesday morning. Businesses were empty, amid looming concerns that if the plant closed it would become a ghost town. Beside those arrested, many had fled the town in fear. Several families had taken refuge at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, terrified, sleeping on pews and refusing to leave for days. Volunteers from the community served food and organized activities for the children.Various estimates put the number of illegal aliens in America at 12 million or so. Does anyone believe that the tactics employed in the Agriprocessors case can be effective in forcing the deportation of these millions of workers and their families, a few hundred at a time, across hundreds of communities? Please, read this account and ask yourself: Is this really America?
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