Cages Full of "Children" Appear Across New York

Immigrant children are still being held in cages at the border — and this disturbing art installation serves as a wake-up call.

Kids in Cages

Cages filled with prop children began appearing all over New York in Summer 2019. The timing is no coincidence. The installations are part of a social campaign called #NoKidsInCages, which aims to show the reality of living conditions endured by immigrant children at the border. The campaign is a joint project by ad agency Badgers & Winters, and RAICES, a non-profit providing legal services to immigrant and refugee families.

The 24 installations, which appear to be constructed of paper, replicate sleeping children in cages and are accompanied by speakers playing the audio. Some of the audio comes from clips recorded inside a migrant holding facility and published by ProPublica last year. The installations went viral on social media on June 12, before being taken down by the NYPD. Ryan says he expected the authorities to take the cages down, but he didn't expect police to stop people from seeing them. The displays, titled with the slogan "No Kids in Cages," were left outside of Google’s New York headquarters, highly trafficked parts of the city and several news organizations, including CNN, Fox News and Newsweek, as well as one outside the Barclays Center that police have removed, according to the newspaper.

There are currently over 200 immigrant jails and detention centers across The United States according to the organization Freedom for Immigrants. In late 2018, the number of children in the immigration process held was estimated to be around 15,000 based on an article from The New York Times. The installations appeared a week after federal officials announced they would open three emergency shelters for thousands of unaccompanied minors amid overcrowding at facilities. The number of unaccompanied children apprehended this fiscal year has increased 74 percent to more than 56,000, according to the Post.

Ryan says this practice goes against American values and he will continue to fight for immigrants rights through activism.


06/13/2019 6:00 PM
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  • Brut
    06/13/2019 18:01

    Special thanks to and Learn more about their work and this art installation here:

  • Joe Y.
    06/13/2019 18:17

    Where were all these protests when Obama was doing it?

  • Jan L.
    06/13/2019 18:18

    Maybe we really should put them in cages ... then they’ll stop entering our country illegally!

  • Brian S.
    06/13/2019 18:26

    How about closing the border, problem solved. But, hey let's put cages all over New York city

  • Jacob I.
    06/13/2019 18:33


  • Bonnie A.
    06/13/2019 18:56

    Talk to obama , on and where were you when the protesters again lol I drinking water, they were maced, and put in cages

  • Sam L.
    06/13/2019 20:35

    Turn and go home to avoid detention. Simple. Dont try to make us feel guilty for someone elses mistakes.

  • John H.
    06/14/2019 00:35

    Looks like we're treating human beings like dogs nowadays for people that claim they're Christian remember the Bible verse much is expected of those that much is given

  • Kendra N.
    06/14/2019 04:35

    Lets talk facts. True enough, that migrant and asylum-seeking families were separated while Obama was president, but only in extraordinary circumstances. During the Obama administration, family separations were rare and predicated upon two conditions: whether border officials felt the parents or guardians posed a threat to the children, or whether the adults, under U.S. immigration law, had to be detained based on prior criminal convictions. While Obama was undoubtedly tough on immigration — his administration still holds the record for most deportations — border officials used discretion during his presidency to determine which illegal crossing cases to prosecute. On the other hand, in April 2018, the Justice Department under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions instituted a “zero tolerance” policy that called for every illegal entry case to be prosecuted. This resulted in children being separated from parents — even when the parents had done nothing more than try to cross the border.Trump not only wanted to reinstitute the “zero tolerance” policy, but wanted to go further. Trump wanted families separated even if they came in at a legal port of entry and were legal asylum seekers. Trump wanted families separated even if they were apprehended within the US. He thinks the separations work to deter migrants from coming. THIS IS A SCARE TACTIC THAT IS CAUSING CHILDREN TO DIE IN GLORIFIED CONCENTRATION CAMPS. The suggestion that there was a similar policy under Obama is false. Trump “stopped” his own policy after a public backlash to the family separations. Quick wrap up**** THIS ADMIN EXCLUSIVELY CREATED POLICIES THAT CENTER ON CHILDREN being separated from their PARENTS, who are FORCED to be entered the federal court system FOR MINOR AND sometimes NONEXISTENT OFFENSES (like veterans that are being deported to their 'home countries' AFTER SERVING OUR COUNTRY) and THOSE KIDS were LOST, RELEASED TO HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, or placed in OVERCROWDED DHS FACILITIES because criminal holding facilities are for adults only. Immigration experts even tell us that previous administrations did not have a blanket policy to prosecute parents and separate them from their children. Previous administrations used family detention facilities, allowing the whole family to stay together while awaiting their deportation case in immigration court, or alternatives to detention, which required families to be tracked but released from custody to await their court date. Some children may have been separated from the adults they entered with, in cases where the family relationship could not be established, child trafficking was suspected, or there were not sufficient family detention facilities available. However, the zero-tolerance policy is the first time that a policy resulting in separation has been so broadly and negligently applied in this manner, across the board.

  • Moreen H.
    06/14/2019 09:25

    It's all staged propaganda!! Do you think you would be allowed to film that if it was true??????

  • Asa M.
    06/14/2019 11:05

    RACISM is white owned.

  • David O.
    06/14/2019 14:40

    Y care they came here illegally just send them back

  • Richard G.
    06/14/2019 23:12

    Are you all referring to the same cages holding people that was shown on a Christianne Amanpour sit down interview with Hillary back in 2014 when she showed the very same, identical photos in Obama's term? Not this photo on this post obviously. There are no kids in cages at the border. This is nothing more than an emotion trick being played on people so as to keep the hate narrative going, nothing more. The kids at the border are in better facilities now than they were in Obama's term, the very same Obama's term where Republicans were claiming "it's a crisis of his making" when democrats and Obama was calling their border issue a crisis. Yes, they called less people coming across our border that term a crisis, but now that there's quadruple that amount coming across that very same border the democrats and media are calling it a "crisis of Trump's making" while at the same time calling it a crisis and humanitarian issue but won't budge to solve it, no let's not solve it lets just blame trump and hold off on fixing it until trump is out of office and blame him and the Republicans for not doing anything while we sit back and do nothing. Wake up, you've been lied to for decades by both sides. Think about it: Both of Bill Clinton's terms, what did you hear? That's right, "Comprehensive immigration reform", temp fix/patch by the Democrat party. Both of George W. Bush's terms, what did you hear? You got it, the same identical thing, "Comprehensive immigration reform" by the same democrat party. Both of Barrack Hussein Obama's terms, what did you hear? Someone give this poster a cookie because he guess it right again, the very same thing, "Comprehensive immigration reform" by the same democrat party. For 24 years the comprehensive immigration reform didn't work, that's why they kept coming back to it. The reason for the temp fix/patch is because neither side wanted it fixed, it's profitable in so many ways for both sides. But now the Republicans are aware they need to finally do something permanent and are trying to fix it but the Democrat party is calling for, you got it, the very same "Comprehensive immigration reform" they've asked for and got for the past 24 years, because votes matter. FACTS, look it up yourself, I'm not gonna spoon feed it to you. That's what's wrong nowadays, no one wants to do the work of research, they would rather be spoon fed the truth, and if it goes against their belief system then they resort to name calling, harassment and such. But you all just keep on with the keeping on by listening to the same media and polls they've fed you for decades, example, 2015, "Donald Trump will never be a candidate" and that Hillary will win in a landslide.

  • Michelle W.
    06/15/2019 04:28

    Where else they're going, when their coming by the thousands illegal. Stop trying to make our Country feel guilty about stopping them from coming over here the wrong way. It's too many of them, we have homeless people's already over here that are citizens need help. If you treat them too good they will keep coming illegal. Praying for those kids get better taken care of some how tho in their own Country, or done the proper way to come here. But they can't jump in front of the people's who are doing it the legal way , it wouldn't be fair to them. Praying GOD work it all out.

  • Windell R.
    06/15/2019 11:38

    Good that they should not be illegal immigrants in USA ! Stupid Hillary and Obama

  • Ivana V.
    06/15/2019 12:27

    Jesus allmighty wtf...

  • Barbara P.
    06/15/2019 13:37

    I guess they don’t mind...they are still coming!

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    06/15/2019 15:29

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  • Mark C.
    06/16/2019 00:10

    Even in cages they are better cared for and protected than millions out on the streets.

  • Ron B.
    06/16/2019 00:41

    send them back where they came from. we have plenty of american kids who could use help