Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants in the U.S. is sending shockwaves through the illegal community.
In Philadelphia, the annual Cinco de Mayo parade, El Carnaval de Puebla, has been canceled this year because of what one organizer called “the severe conditions affecting the immigrant community.”
All 50 Mexican consulates in the U.S. are beefing up their aid to those who fear deportation, providing $50 million in funding to form partnerships with non-profit groups and find lawyers to help with immigration.
And of course the ACLU has produced instructions for illegals on “what to do if immigration agents (ICE) are at your door.”
While the collective mood among the illegal immigrant community may be dour, there’s one business experiencing a bit of a heyday as a result: tattoo removal.
CBS Local in San Francisco reports, An East Bay tattoo removal clinic says they’ve treated a record number of clients since the election.
Some in the Latino community worry ICE agents will use their tattoos as an excuse to stop them and check immigration status.
The number of customers has doubled. Typically, people go in to remove an ex-lover’s name or get rid of tattoos for job interviews.
But the fear of deportation is a new reason.
“A lot of people don’t want to be a moving target or even seen as a target,” says Nora Ruiz of the San Pablo Economic Development Corporation. “And for fear that they might be seen as a certain type of person or judged in anyway, people want to get their tattoos removed.”
There’s no evidence suggesting ICE agents are targeting people based on tattoos but people with gang ties or criminal backgrounds are at risk.
Gosh, you mean it’s no longer fashionable or desirable to look like a gangster thug? Hallelujah. Well, there you go. Donald Trump HAS done something positive for our nation after all.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]