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Iowa Town Feels Effects of Immigration Raids

The Swift & Company meat packing plant in Marshalltown, Iowa, pictured in Dec. 2006.
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The Swift & Company meat packing plant in Marshalltown, Iowa, pictured in Dec. 2006.
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In 2006, the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted raids on six Swift & Company meat packing plants around the country, arresting nearly 1,300 people in the largest-ever workplace crackdown on illegal immigration.

One of the plants was located in Marshalltown, Iowa, where the Swift & Company packing plant is the small city's largest employer.

One year later, an ICE official, the mayor of Marshalltown, and other guests discuss the effects the raid has had on the community.

Guests:

Jerry Perkins, farm editor for The Des Moines Register

Martha Garcia, realtor in Marshalltown, Iowa

Marcy Forman, director of investigations for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Dept. of Homeland Security

Gene Beach, mayor of Marshalltown, Iowa

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