ICE arrests 16 in Saratoga Springs

Originally published by Times Union

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that it arrested 16 men, one Guatemalan and 15 Mexicans, near their homes in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday morning.

ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls said the men, between the ages of 19 and 49, are being detained in Albany County jail for administrative immigration violations. Nine face potential felony charges for re-entry after deportation or visa fraud.

Walls said the men were picked up following an investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and Enforcement and Removal Operations. The investigation is ongoing and Walls said he could not provide any further information.

Saratoga Springs police were alerted in advance, but did not assist.

In May, the Washington Post reported that ICE is arresting 400 immigrants a day. In the first 100 days of the Trump administration, ICE arrested 41,318 immigrants, which is a 37.6 percent increase over the same period last year.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen said she is concerned by the arrests. Last month, she formed a Human Rights Task Force with a goal to ensure all residents that they are welcome in the city.

“I will be alerting them and do everything we can to reach out to families if we can find out who was arrested,” Yepsen said.

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