I’m sure most of you are familiar with the Postville raids, so I won’t go in depth into the background. Suffice to say there was an enormous raid on a plant there and a bunch of folks were rounded up and arrested and sent to prison, after which, they will be deported.
I’ve been following along over at The Sanctuary. (And before I get into the meat of my post, let me just make one comment to you, America. America, if you have to hide what you’re doing and lie about it to that many people, then what you’re doing is wrong.)
I want to highlight for you a couple of short sections of the whole post.
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.
Some American parents complained that their children were traumatized by the sudden disappearance of so many of their school friends. The principal reported the same reaction in the classrooms, saying that for the children it was as if ten of their classmates had suddenly died.
Counselors were brought in. American children were having nightmares that their parents too were being taken away.
Apparently, under the Bush administration, we protect America by destroying it one town at a time.
Listen, I know that dwelling on the white folks is problematic bullshit at best, but this kind of stuff is happening because the Feds believe that the vast majority of people in America either support it or don’t care that much about it. They believe that the people affected by these policies are leaving the country anyway, that they don’t matter to anyone outside of their families.
The reason I pulled out for you the passage I did is because I want you to see that our policies hurt Americans, too, that this is not just something that’s happening to those “criminals” who are stealing our jobs.
The federal government went in and removed a third of that town. Businesses are empty. The US citizens left behind are terrified that they’re going to lose the major source of income in the town and, hence, the town. Children are devistated at the loss of their friends. Some are having nightmares that their parents could be taken away from them.
If it comes at the cost of losing the town, just who is being served by these kinds of actions?
It’s like the feds said “Oh, Postville, you seem to have some minor arthritis in your hand, so we’re just going to hold you down and chop off your arm. Hope you don’t bleed to death! Good luck.”