EXTRA: Agriprocessors response to immigration reform rally - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings EXTRA: Agriprocessors response to immigration reform rally

Getzel Rubashkin spoke with our reporter at an immigration reform rally Sunday, July 27th in Postville.  Demonstrators at the rally want changes to U.S. immigration policy, after the May 12th raid at Agriprocessors in Postville.  Nearly 400 illegal immigrants were arrested in the raid.
 Some were deported, others are in jail, while still others await trial, not able to work or leave the country.

To view the complete interview with Rubashkin, click on the video link associated with this story.

The following is a complete statement from Agriprocessors
July 27, 2008

The founders of Agriprocessors, the Rubashkin family, are a Jewish refugee family that escaped the clutches of Communism decades ago.  Aron & Rivka Rubashkin fled Soviet Russia after undergoing oppression in the anti-religious regime.  Mrs. Rubashkin's uncles where imprisoned in Siberia due to their religious beliefs.  Mr. Rubashkin explained "in America we found freedom and opportunity.  We understand the pain and suffering which immigrants are going through."

Agriprocessors is dedicated to providing economic prosperity, quality jobs and a safe environment for all its employees.  Chaim Abrahams a company spokesman explained "we are committed to follow all federal, state and local regulations in our plant."  He reiterated the company policy explaining "Jim Martin, a former US Attorney in the state of Missouri, is the Agriprocessors chief compliance officer.  He is insuring that our company excels in the area of compliance to government regulation" noted Abrahams.  Among other things, Mr. Martin established a 24-hour hotline for any complaints of workers.

Since the plant opened in 1988 it has created a new era of prosperity in the region.  The plant has created jobs, and given a boost to the area.  Our plant is modern, clean, and consistently focused on food safety and the safety of our workers.

Agriprocessors is deeply concerned about the plight of the Immigrant families in Postville.  The Rubashkin family feels that it can help others.  Aron Rubashkin explained "As an immigrant family we want to provide our workers an opportunity to share in the American dream.  In recent weeks we have been helping the local families with their daily needs."


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