POSTVILLE, Iowa - Sunday marks five years since one of our nation's largest immigration raids, a raid that shook a northeast Iowa town forever.
It was May 12, 2008, when federal agents descended on the Agriprocessors plant in Postville. Agents arrested and detained 389 workers from the kosher meat packing facility.
Many of the workers were in Postville illegally and many did plead guilty to identity theft charges and were deported. This also separated families in the small community. Postville lost 1/5 of its population because of the raid.
Supporters held a vigil Friday to remember the 389 people that police arrested and talk about how the country can move its immigration policy forward.
This comes as one of the slaughterhouse managers is awaiting trial.
Earlier this month, Hosam Amara was extradited back to the United States. He pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired to exploit immigration workers for profit on May 3. He faces 25 counts related to harboring and two counts related to document fraud. He is currently in jail awaiting his July trial.