ELCA bishop calls for immigration reform

Response to devastating raids
A federal immigration raid with arrests of about 390 people at a meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa, has brought “devastation” to the community, said a Lutheran bishop at an ecumenical prayer service at a Catholic church in nearby Waterloo.

Calling for national immigration reform, Bishop Steven L. Ullestad of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said, “The intervention by the U.S. government in my hometown of Postville has instilled fear into the hearts of U.S. citizens.” 

The purpose of the May 12 raid at Agriprocessors, Inc., called the largest raid ever conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at one location, was to acquire evidence of possible identity theft and illegal immigration, said an ICE spokesperson.


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