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POSTVILLE CONGRESSMAN BLASTS DHS OVER CONTRADICTIONS

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Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), the Congressman who represents the district that includes Agriprocessors, the meat processing plant that was recently the target of the largest work site raid in US history, has released letters that show contradicting stories regarding the government's preparation and management of the raid.



The Des Moines Register explains

A letter from the U.S. Department of Labor to Rep. Bruce Braley says
the agency was not notified in advance about a raid on an Iowa meat
packing plant -- in direct contradiction to a separate letter to Braley
from immigration authorities stating that they "fully coordinated" with
labor officials investigating the plant.

Braley, a Waterloo
Democrat, released the two letters during a conference call with Iowa
reporters today. He called for a "full response" from the two agencies
about what went on prior to and during the May 12 raid at
Agriprocessors in Postville.

"I am concerned that the raid may
have had an impact on the ability of the Department of Labor to conduct
a thorough investigation of labor practices within Agriprocessors,"
Braley said.

The Department of Labor letter, dated July 3 from Kristine Iverson,
assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs,
says that "the raid occurred without the prior knowledge or
participation" of the Wage and Hours Division of the department.

On a completely separate note, the Des Moines Register used a very cool tech tool in its story. A new service at Docstoc.com allows for documents to be embedded in blogs like videos (YouTube) and Powerpoints (Slideshare). Here are the letters Braley referred to in the story using Docstoc.




Postville Braley - Free Legal Forms

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