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As the nationwide crackdown on illegal immigration continues, organizers of Philadelphia’s El Carnaval de Puebla celebration have announced that they are canceling this year’s event citing that “Everyone is offended by the actions of ICE…” This translates to illegals are offended that a law enforcement agency is actually enforcing federal immigration law.
El Carnaval de Puebla, is the sanctuary city’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration according to organizers, usually gathering a crowd of up to 15,000 attendees for the annual event and parade in South Philadelphia.
Calling the decision “sad but responsible,” organizer Edgar Ramirez told local media that a vote to cancel the event was reached unanimously by all six organizers as a result of reports of that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are ramping up arrests for those who have been living in the country illegally.
“Everyone is offended by the actions of ICE. They did not feel comfortable holding the event.” Ramirez explained.
El Carnaval de Puebla, a major Cinco De Mayo celebration in Philadelphia, has been canceled following recent federal immigration crackdowns, organizers said.
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.
Organizers of the Philadelphia event said they hope next year will be different.