Saratoga Springs has experienced dozens of arrests of illegal immigrants this year, and several trainers indicated that their staff are afraid to travel upstate for the race meet. According to nyupstate.com, the city’s mayor Joanne Yepsen declared on Monday that Saratoga police would not be initiating or participating in federal deportation of illegal immigrants.
“There are certain jobs like mucking stalls and washing dishes,” said Yepsen, noting that the deportation fears have been affecting both the racetrack and the local restaurant industry. “You know for some reason, they’re just not able to fill those jobs so it was a win win in my opinion to have those immigrants.”
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Some estimates suggest that as much as 90 percent of the backside workforce is comprised of illegal immigrants, and
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