Saturday, July 5, 2008

Postville Latest Update: Low Level Hispanic Supervisors Arrested, Warrant Out for Jewish Manager who Fled to Israel! Feds said Plant "Medieval!"

Congratulations to the Union and to the Blogosphere for keeping the pressure on the Justice Department. They arrested two Agriprocessor Supervisors.
Special Kudos to FailedMessiah.com and to the Latino PRO Blogosphere for keeping this topic HOT!
The bad news is, only two low level Latino supervisors have been indicted so far. Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza was a supervisor in the Beef Kill dept. Officials are saying he was an American citizen. They are keeping mum on the citizenship status of Martin De La Rosa-Loera, the supervisor of the Poultry kill department. There is an arrest warrant out for Jewish Plant Manager Amara, however as we previously reported, Agriprocessors quickly whisked him off to Israel one step ahead of the authorities. Rubashkin also replaced his son Sholom as Chief Executive attempting to save him from being charged. News reports indicate, however, that due to the continued pressure from the Unions and the Blogosphere, the Grand Jury investigation of Agriprocessors is continuing, especially since they found Fake Green Cards in Agriprocessors HR Office and Feds investigating said the Plant Conditions were medieval!
The Cedar Rapids Gazette is reporting:
..The supervisors were indicted by a federal grand jury after a former human resources employee and illegal immigrants at Agriprocessors testified last month, according to court records. They told investigators of an effort by the men to update employee documents in the weeks before the raid. The week before the raid, Guerrero-Espinoza told some of his employees to give him $200 for new documentation to continue working at the company, court records state. Some of the workers testified that he asked them for an extra $20 to cover the cost of gasoline or serve as his commission. On the day before the raid, the workers were provided new application packets complete with fake resident alien cards to sign and return...Both men face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the charges. Guerrero-Espinoza is facing an additional charge of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft, which could get him another sentence of up to 15 years. ICE officials are seeking the public's help in locating Hosam Amara, 43, last known to live in Postville. The criminal complaint against him has been sealed until his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call ICE at 1-(888) 347-2423.
The New York Times reported:
..Federal authorities called the raid the largest enforcement operation by immigration authorities at a single workplace. Unions and immigrant advocacy groups had criticized immigration officials for focusing arrests on workers while taking no action against top managers. The arrest warrant was issued for Hosam Amara, 43. In interviews after the raid, several workers said Mr. Amara was a floor manager with more authority than line supervisors. They said he was a link between workers on the slaughterhouse floors and meatpacking lines and more senior management. Agriprocessors, which before the raid was the country’s largest producer of kosher meat, is owned by Aaron Rubashkin. Two weeks after the raid, he removed his son Sholom as chief executive. Most of the illegal immigrants arrested at the plant were from rural Guatemala. In expedited proceedings (Cattle Barn justice), 270 workers were sent to federal prison on criminal charges, most for presenting false documents when they were hired...A former human resources employee cited in the complaint said Mr. Guerrero regularly brought in fake green cards for applicants.
A separate complaint says Mr. De la Rosa, a supervisor in Poultry Kill, also told illegal immigrant workers shortly before the raid that they needed new identity documents. The complaints make it clear that a grand jury investigation of Agriprocessors is continuing. Union officials said the new arrests did not go far enough. “The arrest of two low-level supervisors, while a start, barely scratches the surface of this company’s bad behavior,” said Scott Frotman, a spokesman for the
United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which has tried to organize the plant. “What about the allegations of worker abuse? Does anyone really believe that these low-level supervisors acted alone without the knowledge, or even the direction, of the Rubashkins and other senior management?”

UPDATE:
Wall St Journal reports:

..The complaint (warrant) also alleges that the May 12 raid resulted in the seizure of dozens of fraudulent permanent alien resident cards in the human-resources department at Agriprocessors. The raid exposed allegations that workers at the sprawling plant, which employed more than 900 people, were underpaid, physically abused, sexually harassed and extorted. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a U.S. government official who has visited the plant described the operation as "medieval." An investigation is still under way, and a court spokesman declined to disclose whether more arrests are likely.

20 comments:

patriot said...

Hmm, in the New York Times article, it didn't say anything about (Cattle Barn Justice). Shouldn't we be quoting our sources verbatim rather than inserting things that aren't there?

Dee said...

Pat,
I am glad you read the articles. If I add anything, I use italics, just for you.
It was obviously Cattle Barn INjustice!!

Dee said...

You should be glad to know the PRO Blogosphere is keeping the HEAT ON until the Owners are Jailed!!

patriot said...

What injustice? It was proven that these illegals were guilty of I.D. fraud and in violation of our immigration laws. Justice was served.

I also have read on a couple of anti-forums that they are ecstatic about the supervisors being arrested and the eventual extridiction of the guy who fled to Israel. So much for your claim that the anti's don't care about the other guilty party aka the employer.

Liquidmicro said...

"There is an arrest warrant out for Jewish Plant Manager Amara, however as we previously reported, Agriprocessors quickly whisked him off to Israel one step ahead of the authorities."

Show proof of this, or else it is nothing more than assumption on your behalf. If shown to be false are you going to apologize to your blog and to Aaron Rabushkin for condemning him and libeling his name with your accusation?


"News reports indicate, however, that due to the continued pressure from the Unions and the Blogosphere, the Grand Jury investigation of Agriprocessors is continuing, especially since they found Fake Green Cards in Agriprocessors HR Office and Feds investigating said the Plant Conditions were medieval!"

I'm pretty sure that none of the news articles stated anything at all about your "blogosphere". I'm pretty sure a "blogosphere" isn't immigrant advocacy groups. And before you go any further, yes it is semantics.

patriot said...

I agree, liquid. This manager that fled to Israel just may have done it on his own before he got caught. I hate it when people make assuptions and post them like they are the unproven truth. It is blantanly dishonest!

Dee said...

Liquid and Pat,
Shame on you for defending the heinous employer Rubashkin! Even the feds said the conditions at the plant were medieval! The investigation continues and imagine what will happen when the Grand Jury reviews the fake green cards in Rubashkin´s HR office!

My next post will detail the heinous conditions at Agripocessors.

The PRO Blogosphere, Failed Messiah and other papers will continue publishing these FACTUAL REPORTS until Rubashkin is in Prison for his heinous crimes!!

Liquidmicro said...

Dee said...

Liquid and Pat,
Shame on you for defending the heinous employer Rubashkin! Even the feds said the conditions at the plant were medieval! The investigation continues and imagine what will happen when the Grand Jury reviews the fake green cards in Rubashkin´s HR office!


The Company is its own entity. Aaron Rabushkin has nothing to do with it. Do some research into what an Inc. is. The conditions at the plant may have been "medieval", all thats going to happen is that the "company" will have to take the necessary steps to rectify any shortcomings and probably pay fines for the penalties. The workers didn't have to stay and work in those conditions, they "CHOSE" to. They could have left at any time they so decided to, many did not. It's all about their own choices.


"The PRO Blogosphere, Failed Messiah and other papers will continue publishing these FACTUAL REPORTS until Rubashkin is in Prison for his heinous crimes!!"

Factual reports??!! Kind of like how you are making accusations of Rabushkin paying for Amara to go to Israel? You are the only blog to state this. The others interject their opinion, but theirs are based on the facts that they were presented in the article they use in their topic.


Here is an observation.... Look to all the companies that have been raided in the past few years. How many of them have been owned by "Immigrants" from other countries who have gained American Citizenship in their lives?

Liquidmicro said...

"The investigation continues and imagine what will happen when the Grand Jury reviews the fake green cards in Rubashkin´s HR office!"

Then the persons in HR that are responsible, those that have been accused by others, will be held accountable. For it to go any further up the chain they would have to provide evidence to show the links to upper management and so forth on up to the company owner.

Liquidmicro said...

"Shame on you for defending the heinous employer Rubashkin!"

There is no defending by me, I stand behind the rule of law. Like you stated over at The Conservative Voice.

Dee123 says:
"Regarding Agents Ramos and Compean. "I trust the American Justice System to decide. It is not up to me to decide their fate." I only read what is shared in the media, not a court of law."

C'mon Dee, admit you have no regard for law and you believe the world should be ran according to your individual opinion and that of your sides opinions. Is that also why you insert fallacies and made up in-correct information along with false assumptions?

You sure have been quick to condemn Aaron Rabushkin for crimes perpetuated by managers/supervisors that were in his company, all without "trusting the American Justice System."

You have most certainly "decided the fate" of Aaron Rabushkin and Agriprocessors as a company.

Dee said...

Liquid,
I stand by what I said. The open question is, when will the Rubashkins face their day in court? I say let the courts decide. There was more than enough evidence, more than enough probable cause in the warrant to arrest Sholom as CEO. I want to see Nancy Grace "have at them!"

Liquidmicro said...

The Warrant was a Search warrant, not an Arrest Warrant. The Search Warrant only stated accusations from workers, and only managers/supervisors were implicated. The likeliness of Rabashkin seeing a day in court is extremely low, 1 in a 1,000,000 chance. Any evidence was ascertained during the raid with the Search Warrant.

Liquidmicro said...

"There was more than enough evidence."

You can provide more evidence than what was listed in the Search Warrant? What evidence do you have after the Search Warrant? You have made accusations so far, nothing more, prove your accusations.

patriot said...

WTH? Where did liquid or I defend this employer????????????

travel said...

This all boils down to the grand jury indictments. If the grand jury indicts the owner, then he will be arrested. If they don't, he won't.

Now, with respect to the safety conditions at the plant, that's another story. I believe OSHA has the power to shut a plant down. I'll check this out and comment on the other post.

dianne said...

Oops sorry. I used one of my other monikers (travel) to sign the above post. I use "travel" on a couple of other blogs.

Dianne

anon 1 said...

ahhh HAAA!!! The moment I've waited for, you ARE travel!!! (j/k lol)

Dee said...

Anon1,
LOL .. Funny!

Dee said...

Dianne,
I hope they are charged. A message has to be sent here! All Employers need to understand they should not and cannot exploit workers, any workers! That is wrong!!!

patriot said...

And likewise, illegal aliens need to get the message that they should not be entering our country illegally whether they be enticed or not enticed by these unscrupulous employers in violation of our immigration and labor laws. The guilt is twofold. You can't just blame the banker for leaving the vault door open while not putting any blame on the bank robbers.

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