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Immigrant arrested in Spa City in court Friday

Immigrant arrested in Spa City in court Friday

'We’re talking with our members about the business continuity issues that have resulted from these actions by ICE'

ALBANY -- One of the immigrants recently arrested in Saratoga Springs by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be in court Friday.

Victorico Catarino Ramirez's detention hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. in U.S. District Court at 445 Broadway in Albany. He faces felony charges of visa fraud and unlawful entry, said Khaalid Walls, an agency spokesman.

Ramirez was one of more than 25 adult immigrants arrested in recent weeks near multiple homes in Saratoga Springs and sent to Albany County Correctional Facility. They all face administrative immigration violations, while some of the men face harsher charges for alleged re-entry after deportation. 

Walls said they remain in custody “pending removal proceedings.”

One unaccompanied minor was also arrested, given a notice to appear in immigration court and sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement for placement.

Most of the people arrested are from Mexico, while two are from Guatemala, Walls said. 

The arrests have raised concerns among political and business leaders that the city’s workforce in the hospitality and horse racing industries is being diminished. 

“We’re talking with our members about the business continuity issues that have resulted from these actions by ICE. We’re providing our members with access to legal advice to ensure they remain in compliance with the law,” said Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re talking with local, county, state and federal officials to see what can be done. This is a particularly challenging time for local businesses across every sector in our region to find and retain the talent and workforce they need to succeed, grow and thrive here. 

“We have visitors and workers that come to Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County from all parts of the world. We want everyone to feel welcome here.”

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