Mexican Flag Will Wave at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall on May 5

(Photo via Diario de México)

Borough President Eric Adams will raise the Mexican flag at Brooklyn Borough Hall on May 5 amid the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies promoted by President Donald Trump, an act that has given hope and joy to residents.

Puebla native Juan Carlos Torres, the president of Brooklyn’s Mexican Parade and Festival, said that, at a time when immigrants are being harassed and persecuted by federal immigration authorities, this event is “powerfully significant and an act of solidarity” with Mexicans and Latinos in the borough and the city.

Torres, an 18-year Sunset Park resident, said that a number of Mexican and city organizations are collaborating to create unity among immigrant communities.

In 2014, President Adams organized his tenure’s first Cinco de Mayo celebration at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall alongside Council member Carlos Menchaca, the first Mexican-American elected for public office in New York City.

Adams’ office said that nearly 100,000 Mexicans live in Brooklyn, representing one in every 25 residents. Moreover, 30 percent of New York City’s Mexican population lives in that borough, the group’s largest concentration in the area.

“Our Mexican flag will be raised on May 5 in a solemn ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. The act fills us Mexican and Latino immigrants with hope. This event is part of the progressive policies of a sanctuary city that has always been a leader in defending immigrants,” said Torres.

Still, the ceremony to remember the Battle of Puebla is not the only event significant to Mexicans that the Adams administration has embraced. In October 2016, Brooklyn Borough Hall served as the meeting point for Pueblan families and their relatives who have migrated to New York after decades of separation as part of the Raíces de Puebla – Roots of Puebla – program promoted by the state government.

“The administration of [Borough] President Adams has demonstrated its solidarity with Mexican immigrants. Brooklyn has shown leadership in protecting its immigrant communities,” said Torres.

Mi Casa Es Puebla Executive Director Ana Flores joined the chorus of voices of regional Mexican leaders and residents.

“A flourishing Pueblan community exists in Sunset Park; many Poblanos live in this area. That is why the Cinco de Mayo ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall is so significant to our whole community,” said Flores.

Community organizers pointed out that many of the first immigrants from Puebla arrived in Sunset Park in the 1960s and ’70s. The Mexican community in the area is one of the oldest in the city.

“Fifth Avenue is a very important commercial corridor in Brooklyn, and many of the businesses are Mexican-owned. Our community is contributing to the borough and the city. The fact that our flag is being raised at such an important site is a source of pride, and also a show of support that we appreciate from the heart,” said Rogelio Mendoza, a Sunset Park merchant.

The Sunset Park Business Improvement District (BID) and a number of Mexican organizations are organizing the event. The ceremony will take place on May 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, located at 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201.

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