On June 17th, panic stuck President Donald Trump announced–via twitter–that ICE would be conducting raids to remove “millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.” Five days later, he announced that the raid had been delayed for two weeks due to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic party asking to first “work out a solution” to the current issues and asylum claims at the southern border. So, what’s going on at the border?

It's been a little over a year since news broke about family separations at the Southern border. While children were scattered in detention centers around the bottom half of the country, their parents were being deported. Attorneys in Texas, California and Washington, D.C., claim that some children as young as three have also been appearing in court with no guardians to plead their case of staying in the United States.

Fast forward to a year later, these detention centers are now being called “modern day concentration camps.” Children are still being held in cages without hygiene products, leading to lice infestations across the facilities. According to NBC News, Border Patrol has turned away people wanting to donate supplies to detained kids. Seven children have now died in custody or after being detained by federal immigration agencies at the border.

On this episode of Represent NYC, New York Times reporter, Jeff C. Mays talks with Angela Fernandez, Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigration Rights (NMCIR), about the dangers of Trump’s immigration ban, how it’s affecting New Yorkers and what immigrants can do to protect themselves. 


Immigrant rights:

  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • You do not have to open the door without a signed warrant.
  • You have the right to a government-appointed lawyer if arrested.


  • Stay calm. Don’t run, argue, resist or obstruct officer.
  • Don’t lie about your status or provide false documents.
  • Do not sign any papers handed to you unless accompanied by lawyer.