Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Trump Effect? Philly Cinco de Mayo celebration canceled over immigration crackdown fears


Photo courtesy of Visit Philadelphia website

President Trump's immigration enforcement policies and rhetoric are having impacts.  Farmers in California's agricultural heartland are having problems finding workers, even as wages are risingLatina/o church attendance is down.  The Chief Justice of California expressed concerns that federal immigration enforcement officers were "stalking" state courts in search of removable immigrants.   DACA recipients (and here) have been arrested. Immigration judges are being directed to backlogged courts to speed up removals. 

The Hill reports that El Carnaval de Puebla, an annual Cinco De Mayo celebration in Philadelphia, has been canceled because of 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).


The end of Cinco de Mayo?


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