Two alleged supervisors arrested at Agriprocessors in Postville
Least you think that the Agriprocessor saga in Iowa has ended, think again. On July 3, 2008, ICE issued the following statement...
Two alleged supervisors at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville, Iowa, were arrested today on various criminal immigration and fraudulent identity charges. U.S.
Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth, Northern District of Iowa, made the announcement; U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is conducting the investigation.
Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza, 35, and Martin De La Rosa-Loera, 43, were arrested this morning at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant. Both Guerrero-Espinoza and De La Rosa-Loera were charged with aiding and abetting the possession and use of fraudulent identity documents, and encouraging aliens to illegally reside in the United States. Guerrero-Espinoza was also charged with aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.
Guerrero-Espinoza 's Complaint alleges he is a supervisor of four departments at Agriprocessors in Postville, including the Beef Kill department. The Complaint alleges that, a few days before the May 12, 2008, execution of a search warrant at Agriprocessors, Guerrero-Espinoza told a group of employees they needed new IDs and Social Security numbers to continue working at the company, and they would need to provide Guerrero-Espinoza with a photograph and $200 or $220. Fraudulent resident alien cards were allegedly supplied to Agriprocessors workers. The Complaint also alleges that the May 12 search resulted in seizing dozens of fraudulent permanent alien resident cards from offices within the human resources department at Agriprocessors.
De La Rosa-Loera's Complaint alleges he is a supervisor of four departments at Agriprocessors in Postville, including the Poultry Kill department. The Complaint alleges that, about 15 days before the May 12, 2008, execution of a search warrant at Agriprocessors, De La Rosa-Loera told some undocumented alien employees they could no longer work at Agriprocessors because their social security numbers were bad, and they needed new documents. De La Rosa-Loera later allegedly told those employees they could return to work using the same names previously used for employment.
Under law, these supervisors are and should be presumed innocent until found guilty. However, this news release reminds us of two things: first that ICE is doing its job...