Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are declining to confirm or deny whether 16 men arrested in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. earlier this week on immigration violations had employment connections to the city's Thoroughbred racetrack.
- Bay Gelding
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- By Frank Angst
While the Triple Crown races are approaching beginning with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the NTRA continues a busy stretch in Washington putting the industry's message forward on immigration and tax issues.
Provisions backed by the NTRA that offer relief for H-2B visa employers such as horse trainers are included in the budget and tax legislation agreed to Dec. 16.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials reinforced the organization's impartial position on potential federal drug oversight in a legislative briefing with horsemen, owners, and horseplayers at Del Mar Aug. 21.
- By Teresa Genaro
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Panelists at the Saratoga Institute for Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law conference offered potential options regarding immigration policy in the hope they make it easier for horse racing to attract and maintain workers.
A federal judge has denied a request for a preliminary injunction from Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott that would allow one of his assistants, Rodolphe Brisset, to continue working.
The impact of an executive order on immigration issued by President Obama on the horse industry remains unclear, the American Horse Council said Nov. 21.
Dale Romans has been fined $150,000 by federal immigration officials for technical and procedure violations associated with I-9 documentation. The Kentucky trainer has appealed the fine.
A new federal immigration rule will benefit the Thoroughbred industry, the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said Jan. 28.
The federal government's E-Verify program will be the subject of a "town hall" meeting in conjunction with the University of Arizona's "Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming."
The fairly new concept of e-verification for immigration workers was one of the topics at a March 8 forum hosted by Blue Grass Farms Charities in conjunction with attorneys from Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs in Lexington.
After being on the national back burner for the last three years, the illegal immigration issue has resurfaced again in Kentucky in the form of a bill that breezed through the Senate in early January.
There's a new president in town, and a Congress even more dominated by Democrats, but one of the nation's top lobbyists for equine interests said April 30 that the horse industry must be ever-diligent about protecting and advancing its positions in Washington, D.C.
American Horse Council president James J. Hickey Jr. briefed attorneys May 1 on legislative actions in Congress during the 23rd National Conference on Equine Law, but he also handicapped the immediate passage chances of a couple of them as remote.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will address rebates, computer-assisted wagering, equine drug testing, immigration, and other issues during its winter convention scheduled for Jan. 24-28, 2008, in New Orleans.
- By Tom LaMarra
The United States Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce in September will implement new immigration measures intended to improve border security, step up enforcement of immigration laws, streamline existing guest worker programs, and address the failures of the current immigration system, according to the American Horse Council.
The United States Senate postponed action June 28 on comprehensive immigration reform--perhaps until after the 2008 November election--when an effort to limit debate on the Senate floor failed to garner enough votes.
The United States Senate voted June 26 to revive broad legislation to overhaul the country's immigration system. The measure was thought to be dead earlier in the month.
- By Tom LaMarra
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.
Immigration, medication, and simulcast contracts are among the topics on the agenda for the National Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Association's winter convention.
As many as 1.5 million undocumented farm workers and their relatives currently living and working in the United States could gain legal status under an ambitious agricultural guest-worker plan introduced Jan. 10 on Capitol Hill.
- By Tom LaMarra
Representatives of the horse industry are among those lobbying to protect their interests as the United States Congress considers sweeping immigration reform.
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.
Legislation designed to ease problems caused by a cap on H-2B visas is included in a sweeping appropriations bill President Bush signed May 11, the American Horse Council reported.
|Owner||Howard Belvoir or Harley Hoppe|
|Breeder||Jerry D. Woods & Peggy F. Woods|
|Immigration View Five-Cross Pedigree||Delineator||Storm Cat|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Howard Belvoir, agent||Woodstead Farm||$6,000|