Clergy: Iowa Town Still Reeling from Immigration Raid

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Clergy in Postville, Iowa, say their town is still reeling from a May 12 immigration raid at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant.

In a conference call with reporters, they said immigrant families have been separated by arrests and deportations and Agriprocessors has filed for bankruptcy, leaving hundreds in Postville without jobs.

The Rev. Steve Brackett of St. Paul's Lutheran Church said while
Christians believe in the rule of law, they're also instructed by the Bible to treat immigrants humanely, regardless of legal status.

The Rev. David Vasquez of nearby Luther College noted that immigrants in the Bible included the baby Jesus, who was taken to
Egypt, and the patriarch Abraham.

Brackett said Postville churches shouldn't have to bear the brunt of the humanitarian burden created by the raid, and he urged Congress to reform U.S. immigration laws.

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