Two ELCA pastors called on the U.S. Congess to evaluate the nation’s immigration system and use the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in Postville, Iowa, to develop a new approach for immigration raids.
Last May federal agents arrested about 390 workers at a meat processing plant there — the largest raid at a single location in U.S. history.
Stephen P. Brackett and David J. Vasquez said Postville is now an economically, emotionally and socially devastated community since the raid.
Brackett, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, said Christians have an obligation to call attention to the moral dimensions of public policy related to immigration. He said the current immigration system “harms families, hurts communities and assigns blame to all the wrong places.”
Vasquez, campus pastor at nearby Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, said Postville is the “whipping boy of a misguided immigration system.”
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