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Town Hall open forum in Postville calls for action


POSTVILLE (KWWL) - It's been over a year since the raid tore apart the town of Postville but, as many people put it Tuesday night, the effects are still very raw. Dozens gathered at St. Bridget's Catholic Church for conversation about criminal prosecution following the raid and to call for action.

Senator Tom Harkin was invited, but was unable to attend. Representatives from his office heard first hand stories from detainee's, children who were separated from their parents and mothers still waiting to get home.

The topics were all directed at Harkin's recent recommendation for US Attorney, Stephanie Rose. An attorney present Tuesday night, that was asked to represented those prosecuted, but declined, due to work work overload, said Rose was a part of the process; though not directly.

While many agree the raid raised awareness of immigration reform, Tuesday that wasn't the issue.

"The issue is what did she do to stop the process and what thoughts did she express to her superiors to indicate that this process was unjust," said Rockne Cole, an attorney from Iowa City.

To conclude the open forum everyone sang "We Shall Overcome" saying the processes after the raid are an issue of civil rights not just immigration. Many of the women were wearing gps ankle bracelets, are waiting to testify at a trial in September.

A representative from Harkin's office could not go on camera, but said Rose was not involved in the decision to house detainees at the cattle congress, use fast track procedures or decide criminal charges; she was working on an illegal internet drug case.

However, they did acknowledge that Senator Harkin has not been to Postville. Something people say he needs to see for himself.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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