WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressman Bruce Braley is speaking out on the former kosher slaughterhouse manager convicted of financial fraud.
In a statement released Friday, Braley says the conviction Thursday of Sholom Rubashkin (ROO'-bahsh-kin) on 86 of 91 fraud counts allows the town of Postville to finally see some closure. He also calls it an important step forward in the effort to fix the nation's Immigration system.
A May 2008 raid at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville led to the arrest of 389 illegal immigrants. The plant's closing and now limited operation has devastated the town's economy.
Braley says the federal government cannot allow employers to break the law and take advantage of cheap labor. The Democrat adds justice has been served, and his "heart goes out to the community of Postville."
Rubashkin faces a second trial on Immigration charges.