Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Another ICE raid in rural America

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested 300 workers yesterday in the largest immigration raid of the year. That large raid was in the small town of Postville, Iowa, population 2,273. A population that size makes Postville, in the northeast corner of the state, "rural" under the Census Bureau definition.

This comes on the heels of other raids in rural and micropolitan locales this year, including the April ones on Pilgrim's Pride locations in Moorefield, West Virginia (population 2,375), Batesville, Arkansas (population 9,556), Live Oak, Florida (population 6.480), and Mount Pleasant, Texas (population 13,935). Many raids last year were also on meat and poultry processing plants in rural places.

I'm not suggesting that the ICE folks are picking on rural people or places. They are presumably just going where they believe the unauthorized migrants to be concentrated. As I have recently written, those concentrations are now increasingly in rural America.

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