On January 11, Ravi Ragbir, a beloved immigrant rights activist in New York City, was abruptly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents during a routine check-in. Now, Ragbir is facing the very real threat of deportation (though he received a temporary stay on Friday) and separation from his family and life.

Ragbir spoke to Splinter about what it is like to live every day knowing with these things hanging over your head.