El Carnaval de Puebla, one of the bigger Cinco De Mayo celebrations in the City of Brotherly Love, is not going to happen, and organizers are blaming President Donald Trump. The Hill reports:
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).
Of course, Trump campaigned on a promise to strengthen immigration laws and to "build a wall and make Mexico pay for it." But whether or not he makes good on the second part of that promise, ICE has already begun cracking down. After two weeks of raids, 248 illegal immigrants have been put in federal custody from Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. That put some fear into the "illegal immigrant" community, apparently. More from The Hill:
Ramirez said that the Mexican-American community, including both legal and illegal residents, was disheartened by reports of large-scale arrests.
"The group of six organizers decided to cancel unanimously,” Ramirez said. “Everyone is offended by the actions of ICE. They did not feel comfortable holding the event."
Here's the thing: Trump didn't do well in South Philadelphia. But as soon as the people on 9th Street realize that Trump is solving some of their traffic problems, they might just reconsider.
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