Handling Immigrants the Republican Way - Like Cattle
May 14, 2008
It's not without reason that Latinos in the USA are feeling terrorized these days, thanks largely to the increasing "crackdown" in illegal immigrants being pursued by ICE officials. This week in Iowa, they had the largest immigration raid yet:
The number of illegal immigrants detained Monday in Postville has risen to 390 in what federal officials now describe as the largest single-site raid of its kind nationwide.
The detainees include 314 men and 76 women, according to figures released this morning by federal authorities. Fifty-six detainees Ã¢â‚¬â€œ mostly women with young children Ã¢â‚¬â€œ have been released under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re here to discuss not only the largest operation of its kind ever in Iowa, but in fact the largest single-site enforcement operation of its kind in the country,Ã¢â‚¬Â U.S. Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth said.
It's all reminiscent, as the folks at America's Voice pointed out, of the kind of "round 'em up, ship 'em out, and let God sort it out" rhetoric favored by the nativist faction that's overtaken the Republican Party nowadays, especially folks like Rep. Steve King, the Iowa congressman seen in the video below equating undocumented to workers to cattle and saying, among other things:
The detainees included 290 who claimed to be Guatemalans, 93 Mexicans, three Israelis and four Ukrainians. Among the detained were 12 juveniles, six of whom have been released.