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Midmorning: The Swift raid and "Wings" author Loizeaux

Posted at 7:29 AM on December 15, 2006 by Bill Wareham

The raid of a meat processing plant by immigrations officials has shaken the city of Worthington in southern Minnesota, and is raising new questions about how the government is addressing illegal immigration. At 9 a.m., Kate Smith, sitting in for Kerri Miller, discusses the raid and its implications with:

  • Alderman Mike Woll of the Worthington City Council

  • Bruce Nestor, past president of the National Lawyer's Guild and and attorney who was present in Worthington during the raid. He represents local workers from IFCW number 1161.

  • Tim Counts, a spokesperson for the Immigration and Customs enforcement in Bloomington

  • Jack Martin, the special projects director at Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). He is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience.
  • At 10 a.m., Kate's guest is William Loizeaux, the author of Wings. It's a story from many of our childhoods, recovering a baby bird and trying to raise it as a pet, but with a poignant twist on the common experience. Loizeaux is also the author of a book that chronicles the death of his baby daughter, Anna: A Daughter's Life. Loizeaux teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University.