Apparently, Cinco de Mayo won’t be celebrated in Philly because too many of the participants think they might be deported.
I don’t know anything about how Cinco de Mayo in Philadelphia might differ from other American cities. But it is telling that the city’s planned celebration has been cancelled out of fear of ICE. According to The Hill:
El Carnaval de Puebla, a major Cinco De Mayo celebration in Philadelphia, has been canceled following recent federal immigration crackdowns, organizers said.
Edgar Ramirez told a local NBC affiliate that as many as 15,000 people gather for the annual parade through South Philadelphia, marking the city’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Ramirez told NBC the decision was “sad but responsible” amid reports of more immigration enforcement arrests on the part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Hundreds of undocumented immigrants have been detained or arrested since President Trump took office. Trump campaigned on a pledge to strengthen enforcement of immigration laws.
ICE announced this week alone that 248 people in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia were in federal custody awaiting deportation following two weeks of immigration raids.
Ramirez said that the Mexican-American community, including both legal and illegal residents, was disheartened by reports of large-scale arrests.
The story goes on to say that the organizers find the work of ICE in enforcing the law “offensive.” So, are they protesting? Or are they cancelling the event because so many of them are here illegally that the Cinco de Mayo event would be much smaller if those people didn’t participate?
How many of those 15,000 expected celebrators were going to be people who were in the country illegally?
For you disappointed gringos in Philly who were counting on this day to drink lots of tequila and pissy beer, here is a guide for holding your own fiesta :
If you are in the New York City area, pop in a have a bite of mexican cuisine with The Donald :
I think I’ll just pop into Taco Bell . Hasta la vista, baby !