Re July 18 article, “ICE arrests are hot topic”: Mayor Yepsen and a few of the business owners seem to be confused about why Saratoga is being targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
It shouldn’t be confusing to anyone who realizes what the definition reads — illegal immigrant, a person a foreigner who enters the United States without an entry or immigrant visa, especially a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or business person, called illegal immigrant.
It’s quite clear restaurants, the track and any else who hires these illegal immigrants do so knowing that they could and should be prosecuted for breaking the immigration laws in our country.
Maybe if the they paid fair wages, they could hire legal people who actually pay taxes and file legal tax forms with IRS every year, like all good citizens do.
We must remember the track and restaurants/night clubs/grills are all about a profit.
I know our great country is built on immigrants and I, for one, support legal immigrants coming into our country, but after they follow the process, been vetted and not deemed a threat to our county or our citizens.
Mayor Yepsen and the city residents who spoke out against the ICE arrests may remember Lopez-Bautista, a 19-year-old resident of S. Federal Street in Saratoga Springs, who was convicted of attempted kidnapping, sexual abuse, two counts of assault and criminal obstructions of breathing.
The violent attack was captured on surveillance video and showed Lopez-Bautista sneaking up to the victim’s…
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