EDITORS NOTE: RESENDING WITH SOUNDBITE FROM RONY BANILLA AND UPDATING THE FACT THAT THE INSTALLATIONS HAVE BEEN DISMANTLED Dozens of these disturbing ‘art installations’ popped up across New York City, Wednesday — stopping some pedestrians in their tracks.
The eerie cages holding mannequins are part of the #NoKidsInCages campaign ...which organizers say is focused on drawing attention to the immigration crackdown at the U.S.-Mexico border.
This comes after the Trump administration implemented a zero tolerance policy last year to criminally prosecute and jail all illegal border crossers.
At that time, images of children in cages at U.S. detention facilities sparked outrage across the country… and the policy was reversed.
But pedestrian Rony Bonilla said THIS installation in New York's bustling Union Square, brought the policy back into his mind.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PASSERBY, RONY BONILLA, SAYING:"I think it's just a horrible act, you know?
... it's just inhumane.
And no kid deserves that, ever." Many children still remain separated.
According to an April court filing, the U.S. government said it could take up to two years to identify potentially thousands of children separated from their parents at the border.
The activist street art also sheds light on the poor living conditions for migrants at the border, where at least six minors have died while in U.S. custody or shortly after being released within the past year.
These installations have disappeared almost as quickly as they popped up -- with New York Police dismantling them by Wednesday afternoon.