NAGANO — Just as some venues for the Olympics were taking shape last June, six of Ramilo DeLeon’s friends suddenly ended up in police custody after a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Since that day, DeLeon, a Filipino construction worker, has spent several sleepless nights worrying about another sweep. Fearing police, he closeted himself in his apartment, leaving home only for work. “(The foreign workers) have worked very hard for years to prepare Nagano for the Games. But once our work was done, we were thrown away like toys,” said DeLeon, 29, who lost his job in December and has yet to receive his pay for the month.

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