Clergy say workers needed to air case
Decorah, Ia. - Three Decorah clergy members who have been involved in the interfaith response in Postville since the May 2008 immigration raid at Agriprocessors Inc. released a statement over the weekend reacting to the dismissal of all immigration charges against former manager Sholom Rubashkin.
The Rev. Carol Kress, the Rev. David Vasquez and the Rev. Michael Blevins said they wished to express "heart-felt shock and disappointment that the workers, who for over a year have been prevented by the government from returning home, will not have the long-awaited opportunity to tell their story and seek justice through the trial on immigration charges of Sholom Rubashkin who exploited and mistreated them and their families so extensively."
The three members of the Decorah Area Faith Coalition said they will "investigate and pursue all constructive options and legal recourse to seek restorative justice for our friends."
Prosecutors said the charges against Rubashkin were dismissed Thursday because it would have no impact on his eventual sentence. Rubashkin was found guilty Nov. 12 of 86 of 91 counts of business fraud. He is awaiting sentencing.