The Postville Raid was a raid on a meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa. The May 12, 2008 raid was executed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (or ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security, with other agencies, and took place at the Agriprocessors Inc. kosher slaughterhouse and meat packing plant. The raid was the largest single raid of a workplace in Iowa's history, and resulted in nearly 400 arrests for the use of stolen social security numbers, and similar offenses.

The raid had a significant impact on the Postville community. The town, with a census population of only 2,273, lost a large percentage of its population due to the arrests. Students of the Postsville School district did not attend classes in the days following the raid, including almost one-third of elementary and middle school students.

On July 3, 2008, Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza, 35, and Martin De La Rosa-Loera, 43, were arrested at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant. They 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. The charges were filed in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

In August 2008, Guerrero-Espinoza reached a deal with federal prosecutors in which he would face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 for "conspiring to hire, and for aiding and abetting the hiring of illegal immigrants." A federal magistrate indicated that Guerrero-Espinoza would likely serve a prison term of four to five years and could be deported upon completion of his prison term.


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