Okay. I've changed my mind. On one hand, I think, "We have immigration laws. They are laws, so they must be enforced." After reading Time's article regarding the immigration raid in Iowa, recently, I'm forced to disagree with myself. We've got all sorts of laws that aren't enforced at all. Until we reform the immigration laws to make immigration easier, why can't we just pretend these folks aren't here, rather than ripping their families apart and leaving communities to struggle to support those left behind?
But it's not even just about immigration law and reform, or even the raid itself. The aftermath is absolutely devastating the small town of Postville. Nearly 400 workers in one meat-packing plant, Agriprocessors Inc., were taken into custody. Can you imagine what that does to a community of just over 2,000 citizens? Had this been a disease or tornato that had suddenly taken 400 people, the government would have been handing out all sorts of aid. But, it wasn't. It was a raid, so, I suppose the people left behind are worth less than natural disaster survivors.
Luckily, religious leaders in Postville have jumped into action. You've got Catholics, Lutherans and Jews working together to provide people relief. So are area lawyers, college students and shopkeepers. This town is giving it all they've got to ensure that the people left behind, many of whom are children, are not victimized by circumstance, and it's a story so stirring, I highly recommend you read it.
When you come back, I'd like to know how you think immigration should be dealt with. Also, should the government be assisting the town of Postville with relief?