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Idaho music event canceled amid immigration enforcement fear

UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019

Enrique Sandoval speaks to the crowd Monday, July 10, 2017, after a county commissioners meeting concerning a possible contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement  Monday in Jerome, Idaho. Protesters in south-central Idaho say a pending contract that would allow federal authorities to use a local jail as an immigration detention facility will spread fear throughout the region's Hispanic population. A music festival scheduled Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Jerome has been canceled because organizers say they feared potential raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (DREW NASH / Associated Press)
Enrique Sandoval speaks to the crowd Monday, July 10, 2017, after a county commissioners meeting concerning a possible contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Monday in Jerome, Idaho. Protesters in south-central Idaho say a pending contract that would allow federal authorities to use a local jail as an immigration detention facility will spread fear throughout the region's Hispanic population. A music festival scheduled Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Jerome has been canceled because organizers say they feared potential raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (DREW NASH / Associated Press)
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JEROME, Idaho – A music festival in southern Idaho has been canceled because organizers say they feared potential raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The music festival called the El Tour de Idaho de Los Inquietos was supposed to take place in Jerome on Saturday.

Event organizers with the Colombia Event Center posted the cancellation notice on Facebook.

Leo Morales of ACLU of Idaho said he couldn’t confirm that any Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were in southern Idaho, but he said community members were panicked.

“Immigration is doing their work on a daily basis, that is true,” Morales said. “That’s what they do. It is important for all community members, regardless of their immigration status, to know their rights in regards to law enforcement.”

Jerome City Police chief Dan Hall said he didn’t have information about ICE agents in the area. “It is absolutely possible that ICE could do a raid and we wouldn’t know about it,” he said.

Hall said the agency is not required to tell local law enforcement that it is conducting raids. But he did say ICE would inform local police if its activity involves a case that police are already working.

Ticketholders were told to get refunds from where they purchased tickets.

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