By Rod Kackley April 1, 2017
It’s as much a rite of the spring season in Philadelphia as the Phillies’ home opener. But it won’t happen this year.
The city’s largest annual event associated with the Cinco de Mayo holiday has been canceled for fears that ICE agents would be able to round up large numbers of illegal immigrants.
This is more than just the paranoia of people who spend their days looking over their shoulders for federal agents. Philadelphia and Pennsylvania have been specifically targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Immigration lawyer David Kaplan told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the fears expressed by Puebla Carnival organizers were justified.
"I don't think it's beyond [ICE] to put themselves in the right locations where people would stop to eat before going to the carnival," Kaplan said.
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