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Postville: One Year Later

POSTVILLE (KWWL) - More than a week before the raid in Postville, people 80 miles away noticed government activity at the National Cattle Congress grounds.

Immigrations and customs enforcement agents moved in May 1st, renting out the grounds for what they called a training exercise. May 12th, it was clear the exercise, instead was an action.

Agents arrested nearly 400 workers at Agriprocessors in Postville - then bussed them to Waterloo for processing. While detainees waited inside this holding area, many women and children began to gather at St. Bridget's Church.

It became the center of humanitarian efforts for those left behind. Back in Waterloo, vigils and protests were held outside the detention area.

Inside the NCC, makeshift courtrooms held about ten hearings a day.

Back in Postville, little to no information led to fears and worries among those who remained. Elected officials said the raid left houses empty, businesses closed, and the town struggling to survive.

A disruption that continues one year later as the city continues to deal with the one of the largest single illegal immigration raids in U.S. history.

Online Reporter: Bob Waters

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