Though U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials did not raid the Saratoga backstretch during the six-week race meet, they returned to Saratoga Springs for a raid early this week. On Monday, eight men from Mexico were arrested, reports the Albany Times Union. Over June and July, the months preceding the racing season, ICE arrested 27 individuals in Saratoga Springs.
ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls stated that ICE did not enter into any agreement with the racetrack or the local trainers.
“ICE is going for the low hanging fruit,” said immigration lawyer Leonard J. D'Arrigo. “They might not want to do something that will be a huge draw of bad publicity. They are probably nervous.”
Raids on the backside of Saratoga during the meet would have endangered the success of the racing season, D'Arrigo argued, and would also have angered local fans.
Read more at the Albany Times Union.
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