Today (right about now, actually) marks the third anniversary of the massive immigration raid at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa. Agriprocessors was the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the world. At the time of the raid, it had a workforce that was largely (75% according the government estimates) made up of undocumented workers from Guatemala and Mexico. 389 undocumented workers were arrested. Hundreds more fled in terror.
Agriprocessors, the largest kosher meat producer in the world, was owned by a Chabad-Lubavitch hasid, Abraham Aaron Rubashkin. His son Sholom managed the plant on a day-to-day basis and carried the title of vice president.
Sholom Rubashkin was later convicted on 86 fraud-related charges and is serving a 27 year sentence in federal prison. He is currently appealing his conviction and his sentence.
Other Agriprocessors managers pleaded guilty to immigration-related charges or fled indictment.
After Sholom Rubashkin was convicted on fraud charges, the government dropped immigration charges against Sholom Rubashkin while reserving the option of reinstating them at a later date. The charges would be very expensive to pursue, and the potential penalties on conviction would not add to Rubashkin's sentence in any significant way.
Rubashkin is also accused of shorting his workers' paychecks, ignoring rampant abuse and sexual abuse committed by his supervisors against them, and of bribing the mayor of Postville.
This is an open post for those of you who have comments on and/or memories of the raid, and of any of other issues related to Agriprocessors, it's successor company Agri Star, Postville, the kosher food industry and the rabbis who supervise it, and the Rubashkin family.