The board did not know the grounds and facilities would be used to establish a detention center and a trial court for those accused of immigration-related crimes in the wake of a federal raid of the Agriprocessors food processing plant in Postville.
“Am I misled by my federal government? Probably frequently”...
update: immigration raid jars a small town
from washington post: Monday's raid on the Agriprocessors plant, in which 389 immigrants were arrested and many held at a cattle exhibit hall, was the Bush administration's largest crackdown on illegal workers at a single site. It has upended this tree-lined community, which calls itself "Hometown to the World." Half of the school system's 600 students were absent Tuesday, including 90 percent of Hispanic children, because their parents were arrested or in hiding... "They don't go after employers. They don't put CEOs in jail," complained the Postville Community Schools superintendent, David Strudthoff, 51, who said the sudden incarceration of more than 10 percent of the town's population of 2,300 "is like a natural disaster - only this one is manmade."