Cinco De Mayo Celebration

May 1, 2010 9:08 PM

An early Cinco de Mayo celebration brought more than four-thousand people to the Tehama County fairgrounds. This is the 12th year the Latino Outreach of Tehama County held the event. It includes traditional Mexican music, dancing, food and more than eighty vendors. The national Mexican holiday is not Independence day, which was declared in 1810. Instead, it's a commemoration of the Battle of Puebla, when a small group of Mexican soldiers defeated the much larger French army in 1862. "Sixty-five hundred soldiers compared to forty-five, and these were Mexican farmers that were fighting with nothing but farm equipment and they were able to hold off the French," Fernando Villegas, President of the Latino Outreach of Tehama County stated.

While many people were celebrating Cinco De Mayo, some had other issues on their mind, like the new immigration law in Arizona. It allows police to routinely question people about their immigration status. The new law was passed April 23rd. It requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says the new amendments will make it clear that racial profiling is illegal. However, opponents say it will only make the matter worse. I feel it is not helping our situation. We're the land of the free and we should be here to provide support for everybody and it's not helping the families that are here, that are paranoid and afraid to come out because of what's happening and they're racial profiling," event participant Melissa Hernandez stated.

Protests were held all across the country Saturday venting their anger on the law. Like Hernandez, they want change now. "We need immigration reform as soon as possible, muy importante."

Money raised at the event will go to the Latino Outreach of Tehama County.


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