July 11, 2008
Stories of Hope and Despair at Postville
The New York Times included two stories today on Postville.
The first documents the despair experienced by the victims of the Aggriprocessor raid in their families, as told through the eyes of an interpreter, Erik Camayd-Freixas. We posted a link to his longer essay, which prompted this story earlier on this blog. The New York Times story focuses on the ethics Dr. Camayd-Freixas decision, an interpeter for 23 years, to speak out despit his professional pledge of confidentiality. For the New York Times story, click here.
The other story is about Rev. Paul Ouderkirk and St. Briget's Catholic Church and their kind support to the families of those affected by the raids. Accusationg against them of "harboring" by anti-immigrant callers has only made them more determined to help the affected community. For the full story, click here.
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“The great majority were under the impression they were there because of being illegal in the country, not because of Social Security fraud.”
These are all prima facie cases. Whether the guilty knew the exact legal nature or a Social Security Card or other forged documents that he presented to gain employment or not, is irrelevent. He/she knew that the document was not legitimate and that it gained them something he/she was not entitled to. The fact that they were surprised that they'd actually receive jail time is just one of those disappointments that illegal aliens will just have to get use to. Lastly, these people didn't receive the maximum penilties, something that they may have gotten if they had gone to trial. Don't want to do the time, don't do the crime. It's something that citizens have been subject to since the establishment of this country.
Posted by: Horace | Jul 18, 2008 10:13:01 AM