Bronx residents rally against border wall
Dozens of people rallied outside the Bronx courthouse Thursday to support local officials who disapprove of President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration.
They were ordinary residents, community leaders and immigration advocates opposed to orders that will cut federal funding for sanctuary cities like New York and jump-start construction of a border wall between Mexico and the United States.
"The greatest democracy on Earth should never be seen [as] one who built a wall," says Rep. Jose Serrano, a Bronx Democrat who skipped Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says the Bronx would lose billions of dollars if the president remains true to his word. Diaz warned of job losses, deportation concerns, cuts to education and health care, and a lack of transportation.
More than half of the Bronx's population is made up of immigrants or first-generation Americans.
Local officials say Trump's executive orders will make the Bronx community more insecure.