This statement from an article on the Postville raids really sums up a big problem with our current government:
What’s most shameful about the Postville immigration raid is not the behavior of the immigrants or the company that hired them, but the priorities and values of the government that mounted the operation. After years of neglecting its legal duties to protect workers and consumers, it finally found the resources for a massive show of commitment to our unenforceable immigration rules, staged at the expense of hundreds of hard-working families and a struggling community. It chose the orderly over the humane. It declared to the world that protection of society’s most vulnerable is simply not its concern.
The Raid in Postville – The Jewish Daily Forward
Thu. May 22, 2008
Makeshift federal courtrooms were set up last week on a rented fairground in Waterloo, Iowa, for the trial, conviction and sentencing of the 389 workers arrested on immigration charges in a May 12 federal raid on the AgriProcessors, Inc. kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, 75 miles away.