There are an estimated over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Many experts agree that the U.S. economy is largely dependent on immigrant labor. However, laws restricting the rights of undocumented workers continue to be passed, and the apparatus for repressing immigrants continues to expand. Already this year, there have been over 400,000 people who have been deported from the United States. In many cases, families are divided, with parents being forcibly deported, and children remaining in the United States. The policy of violent raids and deportations by the U.S. government has caused many in the U.S. to burn with outrage. Today in New York City, religious leaders, labor union activists, and others gathered to protest the continued deportations. Ravi Ragbir, an activist with the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, explained why the protest was taking place.