The director of a documentary about the 2008 Postville meatpacking plant immigration raid will review its aftermath during appearances at Wartburg College.
Luis Argueta, whose “AbUSed: The Postville Raid” chronicled the largest immigration raid in U.S. history, will show the movie, then participate in a panel discussion, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
The critically acclaimed Guatemalan filmmaker depicted the arrests of nearly 400 immigrant workers with false identity papers — including many Guatemalans — at the Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant. Most served short prison sentences and entire families were deported.
Argueta will meet with the public Monday, Oct. 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Wartburg Chapel Commons. He will show segments of the film while providing commentary at 7:30 p.m. in the Wartburg Chapel, then conclude with a question-and-answer session.
Argueta will lead a panel discussion about the raid Tuesday, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Neumann Auditorium. The other panelists include:
- Dan Vondra, an Iowa City attorney who has represented immigrants throughout the nation
- Chad Wahls, principal, Cora Darling Elementary School, Postville
- Pastor Steve Brackett, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville
“The panel will not revisit the raid, but will inform us about what has happened to the people and community involved since the raid, and the impact it has had on a national dialogue on immigration reform,” said event organizer Dr. Terry Letsche, associate professor of computer science at Wartburg.
The events both days are open to the public without charge.