The screening of AbUSed: The Postville Raid marks the 2nd anniversary of the Indocumentales/Undocumentaries: US-Mexico Interdependent Film Series. This film is about the devastating effects of US Enforcement Immigration Policies on communities, families and children. It tells the stories of the individuals, families and the town that survived the most brutal, expensive and largest immigration raid in the history of the United States. On May 12, 2008, Postville, Iowa experienced a heavily armed and militarized immigration raid where 389 undocumented meatpacking workers were arrested and chained while working at Agriprocessors, Inc by 900 armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Officials charged many of the apprehended with criminal offenses, using those to force guilty pleas, accept detention and eventually, deportation. Filmmaker Luis Argueta was in attendance to participate in a panel discussion following the film.
The dialogue and panel after film featured the following guests: Luis Argueta, Director, AbUSed: THe Postville Raid, Muzaffar Chishti, Director, Migration Policy Institute Office at NYU School of Law and Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director, the New York Immigration Coalition.