The Latin band Los Inquietos del Norte has cancelled three concerts in Idaho after rumors surfaced on social media warning people in the area of potential immigration raids.
The group was set to perform in Jerome on Friday July 19, followed by a gig at the music festival El Tour de Idaho in Caldwell on July 20, and Idaho Falls yesterday, July 21. However, a Facebook video, created by community activist Maria Bucklew, claimed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had rented hotel rooms at a Best Western in Jerome. Other people claimed on Twitter that raids were possible in nearby towns Boise, Nampa, and Caldwell.
While numerous Treasure Valley law enforcement agencies told the Idaho Press that they hadn’t been informed of any planned ICE activity, federal agents are not required to notify police if they plan on raiding an area. An ICE spokeswoman would not offer detail about ICE operations to KMTV 11, however, Twin Falls immigration attorney Brian Tanner told the news station that he is taking the threat of raids seriously and the firm is “trying to talk to our clients to get the word out, trying to get prepared.”
Tickets refunds for the three shows will be available via point of purchase.