- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A member of Chicago’s East Side Chamber of Commerce says he isn’t bothered by an ICE piñata that arrived at this year’s Community Day.

Marvin Covington told a local CBS affiliate this week that activists did not give him advance notice of plans to “make a statement” during an annual block party. He doesn’t, however, want to pass judgment on the group — Los Brown Berets — or their actions.

“It affected the event, and that’s OK. It wasn’t told to me, ‘Hey, there’s going to be an ICE piñata coming,’ but it was there,” he told the station.

More than 25 businesses with the East Side Chamber of Commerce organized the event. Images shared on social media prompted critics to accuse Los Brown Berets of teaching children to hate.

Anthony Martinez, who leads the Chicago chapter of Los Brown Berets, insisted that their piñatas were “not meant in a negative way at all towards law enforcement.”

“We’re just making a statement,” he said Tuesday regarding the enforcement of U.S. immigration policy. “Taking children from their parents, separating them — [it’s wrong.]”

The same event also featured a game in which children threw balls at a depiction of President Trump. The goal of the game was to knock out the image’s teeth.

“That’s not for me to say,” Mr. Covington said when asked if the piñatas would return next in 2020. “I didn’t know they were coming this year.”

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