Philadelphia’s large Cinco de Mayo celebration, known a El Carnaval de Puebla, has been canceled out of concerns that illegal immigrants could be arrested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
According to Edgar Ramirez, one of the event organizers, at least 15,000 people gather annually to watch the parade.
Ramirez said the decision to cancel the event was “sad but responsible” since ICE was cracking down on illegal immigrants.
Ramirez also 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. Everyone is offended by the actions of ICE. They did not feel comfortable holding the event.”
Recently, over 300 criminal illegal immigrants were arrested in Nevada, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware. Those with criminal convictions including crimes related to DUIs, drug offenses, fraud/identity theft, domestic violence, sex crimes and other serious felonies.
New York City also saw ICE last week arrest eight criminal illegal immigrant sex offenders located in its area and Long Island.
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