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Today’s hearing on persistent problems with providing basic medical care to immigration detainees raises questions about both the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) ability to handle its responsibilities and our nation’s overall approach to immigration policy. The hearing, held by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International … Continue reading »

Sharry: Labor Contractor’s Removal of Workers from Plant Due to Safety Concerns Underscores Need for Oversight, Accountability As the Des Moines Register reported on May 30th [below], Labor Ready, an Iowa labor contracting company, recently pulled its workers from the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant due to safety concerns. These workers were brought in to bolster the … Continue reading »

This week, U.S. Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) criticized the Bush Administration for letting businesses who hire undocumented workers off the hook. The Congressman from Waterloo, IA, representing an area recently rocked by the largest worksite immigration raid in U.S. history, also called on Congress to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

Last week, U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) criticized the way cable TV host Lou Dobbs and others espouse inflammatory rhetoric and misinformation about immigration during their nightly broadcasts.

New details are emerging about a history of sexual abuse and solicitation at the site of the largest worksite immigration raid in U.S. history. The Des Moines Register reports that some former employees of the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, IA are coming forward with revelations about supervisor demands for sexual favors at the plant.