Organizers cancel Cinco de Mayo event due to immigration crackdown

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Philadelphia’s largest Cinco De Mayo celebration, known as El Carnaval de Puebla, won’t happen this year because of fears that illegal aliens could get arrested by immigration officials there, according to a report in The Hill on Saturday.

According to Edgar Ramirez, the annual parade that winds through South Philadelphia is always well-attended, attracting many thousands of people. This year, however, he said that organizers had to make a “sad but responsible” decision.

“The group of six organizers decided to cancel unanimously,” said Ramirez, adding, “Everyone is offended by the actions of ICE. They did not feel comfortable holding the event.”

It was reported that in just the past week, “248 people in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia were in federal custody awaiting deportation following two weeks of immigration raids,” causing worry among legal and illegal residents of the Mexican-American community.

El Carnaval de Puebla honors the May 5, 1862, Battle of Puebla, in which Mexican forces were victorious over invaders from France.

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