Rumors Of Raid Cancel Festivities

I love these stories because it illustrates just how effective a little enforcement is. Just imagine what it would be like if we really had workplace enforcement and secure documents. If illegals couldn’t get hired most would go back to Mexico.

TulsaWorld

Fears of illegal immigration crackdowns in Tulsa have led to the cancellation of a major Cinco de Mayo festival this weekend as well as shrinking attendance at Hispanic churches.

“The rumor is very strong about immigration (authorities) picking up people,” said Blas Gaytan, coordinator of the Cinco de Mayo event at Expo Square.

The rumors are unfounded, officials say, but the fear created by them is still affecting public gatherings.

Anticipating weak attendance at the Cinco de Mayo event, Gaytan and Expo Square officials decided to scrap it to avoid a financial loss.

“It was an economic decision,” said Paula Crain, Expo Square’s events coordinator. “The timing was just wrong.”

The three-day festival, which would have started Friday, attracted between 10,000 and 15,000 people last year, Crain said.

Elsewhere in Tulsa and surrounding towns, churches with large Hispanic congregations have reported low numbers in the last few weeks.

“Attendance has dropped because there were rumors that immigration enforcement was here,” said

David Medina, director of the Hispanic Apostolate Diocese of Tulsa. “The ones who came were afraid.”

In the past few Sundays, only about half of the congregation turned out for Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2431 E. Admiral Blvd.

The same is true for predominately Hispanic churches in Tahlequah, Pryor and Stillwater, he said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok said the rumors likely stem from a raid in late April when 1,000 employees of pallet manufacturer IFCO were arrested at more than 40 company sites nationwide, including one in Oklahoma City.

2 Responses to “Rumors Of Raid Cancel Festivities”

  1. Sherri Says:

    Know what I love about these stories? These people claim they are not criminals, yet every time there is a rumor of immigration officials coming to arrest people, they go into hiding. If they’re not criminals and they’re not doing anything wrong, what are they hiding for?

  2. James from OHIO Says:

    Lol good Point Sherri

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