The Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office said a tip has led to the arrest of 31 illegal immigrants. According to police, they picked up the illegal aliens at Oorah’s Catskill Retreat in the town of Gilboa, where they were prepping a summer camp.
Oorah purchased the retreat last year and is hosting BoysZone and GirlsZone camps this year.
Schoharie County Sheriff John Bates Jr. said his deputies were tipped off earlier this summer that illegal aliens might be doing construction at the retreat. “Apparently, they were working for various contractors and were being put up at both the retreat and the Belvedere Inn (in Stamford),” Bates said.
After a three-week investigation the workers were rounded up without incident by Schoharie deputies, ICE agents, Delaware deputies and state police.
Rabbi Eliyohu Mintz, a director of Oorah Inc., said he did not know any of the workers might have been illegal immigrants. Between five and 10 contracting firms are working at the camp, mostly doing facade work to buildings, he said. “They have very little to do with us,” Mintz, of Lakewood, N.J., said of the contractors. “Most of them are from upstate.”
(Sources: Oneonta Daily Star & Capital News 9)