Immigration advocates rally against latest executive order
The immigration advocacy group Make the Road New York rallied Thursday, calling on New York officials to push back against the president's latest executive order on immigration.
Advocates say state officials can help immigrants avoid detainment by boosting literacy, education and tuition assistance and by allowing them to obtain drivers' licenses.
Make the Road says black immigrant populations face the highest rates of arrest so far.
Darian X, who says his mother is an undocumented immigrant from Trinidad, could be deported for minor infractions like jaywalking, spitting in the street or having an open alcoholic container in public.
"Things that black and brown communities are disproportionately impacted by," he says.
The president's immigration crackdown has prompted protests around the country -- and fears among immigrants that they could be deported.
Mateo Guerrero, a Make the Road supporter, says that despite the looming threat of deportations, immigrants can better protect one another by coming out of the shadows and joining rallies.