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FRONTLINE / World That Summer Barbecue
August 2, 2009
VIEW -- Some video we think you've rarely seen: intimate glimpses of the lives that illegal Guatemalan workers left behind when they risked everything to come north to work in U.S. slaughterhouses.
Hundreds of them were returned to Guatemala after one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. history
The roundup was conducted May 12, 2008. The slaughterhouse where they worked was in Postville, Iowa, on the plains of America's heartland. It was the largest plant in the country dealing with kosher meat and chicken. U.S. Federal agents arrested nearly 400 undocumented workers, Guatemalans and Mexicans, who were earning $7/hour.
After viewing this clip, you'll want to watch the last part of this story here on FRONTLINE/World's Web site where you can explore more about this report.