A new federal immigration rule will benefit the Thoroughbred industry, the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said Jan. 28.
Horsemen's groups and other industry stakeholders must educate lawmakers on the importance of foreign workers to the racing industry and other agricultural businesses, panelists said during a Feb. 8 workshop.
The American Horse Council has issued an advisory concerning immigration legislation pass in December by the U.S. House of Representatives that could have negative implications for the horse industry.
State regulators have taken the formal step of stripping the racing licenses of seven illegal immigrants who were arrested while working as grooms and exercise riders at Saratoga in July.
As the deadline approached for filing labor certification applications, rumors of the Immigration and Naturalization Services using the information to create a "hit list" of illegal aliens working on Kentucky farms and racetracks led many who could benefit from certification to not file.
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