Luis Argueta, Guatemalan-born U.S citizen, film producer and director, speaking at Fairhaven College on November 10, 2010.
On May 12th, 2008, 389 undocumented workers were arrested by 900 heavily armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at Agriprocessors, Inc., the largest kosher slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant in the country. In just 4 days, nearly 300 of these workers were fast-tracked through the US legal system, convicted, imprisoned, deported. Families and communities were devastated. The raid itself cost taxpayers 5.2 million dollars. Argueta: “What began as a weekend trip to Iowa to see the first-hand effects of the raid has become my life’s passion. Since, I have traveled to Postville 25 times and 10 times to the mountain villages in Guatemala, home to the arrested workers. I’ve interviewed victims from the raid, community members, legal experts, Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu, and many others”.