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“On May 12, 2008, in Postville, Iowa, 900 armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested and chained-up 389 immigrant workers from Mexico and Guatemala. The federal government herded the workers through a makeshift judicial assembly line, designed to convict them of a felony and deport them. The Constitution was trampled, the rule of law neglected, due process overlooked, and human and labor rights of immigrant workers brazenly violated. “abUSed” serves as a cautionary tale of government abuses. The film presents the devastating effects of United States ICE policies on communities, families and children by telling the gripping stories of the people in Postville that survived the most brutal, expensive and largest immigration raid in the history of the US.”


“Moving and shattering, a wonderful resource for scholars, practitioners, policymakers and anyone who is concerned about the future of immigration in the United States.” Hiro Yoshikawa, Academic Dean, Harvard graduate school of education

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