SAN PABLO (KPIX 5) — A East Bay tattoo removal clinic says they’ve handled a record number of clients since the election.
Many at the Latino community worry ICE representatives will use their tattoos as a excuse to prevent them and check immigration status.
The number of customers has dropped. Normally, individuals go in to remove an ex-lover’s title or get rid of tattoos for job interviews.
However, the fear of deportation is a new rationale.
“A lot of people do not want to become a moving target or even regarded as a target,” says Nora Ruiz of this San Pablo Economic Development Corporation. “And because of fear that they may be seen as a particular kind of individual or cried in anyhow, individuals wish to receive their tattoos removed.”
There is no evidence indicating ICE representatives are targeting people based on tattoos but individuals with gang ties or criminal backgrounds are in danger.
It appears some people are not taking any chances.