Yes, the headline of the news article says “Hispanics” but what we are really talking about here are people in the United States illegally.

Postville, Ia. - The phone calls started at 5 a.m. They carried the same message:

Immigration was coming.

Paul Real, a lay pastor at the Ministerio Hispano, said his phone was ringing off the hook.

“Calls have been flying around,” he said Monday morning. “There are rumors everywhere.”

Twelve hours later, Hispanic businesses in downtown Postville were shuttered. Locks held the door at El Sabor Latino grocery store and restaurant. Bowls of chips and salsa were abandoned along with a half-empty bottle of Coke.

At the Postville Bakery and Restaurant - which also goes by La Panederia y Pasteleria - a sign in the doorway said, “We will be closed at 11 a.m. today.”

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant scattered the Hispanics of Postville. About 400 found their way to St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, waiting for information. Some filled out G-28 forms that allow a lawyer to represent their detained children or minors in their care.

A woman who would identify herself only as Judy said she and her husband work at Agriprocessors. The last time she saw him was before his shift Monday, about 5:30 a.m.

“No, I don’t know where he is,” she said in Spanish.

Judy said she and her husband came from Mexico illegally. Like many others at St. Bridget’s, they regard the church as a haven from law enforcement.

Asked whether the church would indeed be a safe place, Sister Mary McCauley of St. Bridget’s said, “That is our belief and hope.”

2 Responses to “Raid: Town’s Hispanics Shutter Businesses, Scatter”
  1. MatthewNo Gravatar says:

    Now wait a minute here. Why would legal on the up and up mexicans be so scared of the law coming to town? There is law enforcement in every town that I know of, and fear of the law is only sparked by guilt, guilt of maybe doing something wrong and against the law? These infesting masses of immigrants whether legal or illegal should get right with law if they do not want to live in fear or in the shadows. They should and must pack their shit and leave town rather than make a spectacle and embarrassment of themselves and their piss ass culture. What a bunch of illiterate peasants, my God!


  2. joNo Gravatar says:

    reading this i felt like i was watching an old spigetti western. so the town is totally filled with illegals that stole the jobs of citizens. i think ice should treat these businesses like the crumbs in the fairy tales. ice now knows exactly where to find the illegals if they didn’t know before. i can’t get the visual out of my head, which is the point of this piece. the emotion they are shooting for is one of pity for the poor immigrates, instead for me it is more of a looney tune.

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