Indian-Origin Immigrant Rights Activist Faces Deportation Following Arrest in US

Indian-Origin Immigrant Rights Activist Faces Deportation Following Arrest in US

Police and immigrant-rights protesters clashed Thursday outside 26 Federal Plaza, New York City's immigration court, after word spread that Ravi Ragbir, a well-known activist known to protect immigrant families from deportation, had himself been detained by immigration authorities inside the building.

Ragbir's arrest followed that of Jean Montrevil, an immigrant activist from Haiti who was taken into custody last week near his Far Rockaway, New York, home, and just one day after The Associated Press reported a wave of ICE raids at convenience stores across the country. "We can't call ourselves progressives and pro-immigrants when the NYPD is doing chokehold to us", said Rodriguez after his arrest. Ragbir, head of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NY, was detained when he checked-in with ICE, as hundreds held a silent Jericho prayer walk outside. He was placed into removal proceedings in 2006 and then spent 22 months in immigration detention before being released in February 2008.

"A 15-year green card holder, Ravi was detained and ordered deported in 2006 by an immigration judge - without a hearing - based on a conviction for fraud, which he is now seeking to vacate, based on factual and legal errors in his trial", the statement added.

Mayor de Blasio blamed federal officials for ratcheting up the tensions, insisting the "original sin" came when ICE detained Ragbir during a routine check-in with the intention to deport him.

.

Allies accompanied Ragbir to his scheduled 9:00 a.m. check-in Thursday. Ragbir told The Villager newspaper. "Ravi is an acclaimed community leader, a loving father, and a steadfast immigrant rights activist. He is an inspiring leader for the immigrants' rights movement, one that we need now more than ever", said Trivedi, noting that in 2017, Ragbir received SAALT's "Changemakers" award, alongside Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Zahra Billoo, executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations; law professor Jayesh Rathod; and Gurbani Kaur.

He said he believed the sudden nature of Ragbir's detention was part of the problem.

"Ravi's deportation would be a colossal loss for so many people", he said.

Ravi is a dedicated community educator, spokesperson, and advocate for immigrants. The couple lives with their daughter, Deborah, in Brooklyn. Previously, ICE officials had granted Ragbir prosecutorial discretion, including a stay of removal that was in effect until next week. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both of NY.

Community advocates have also flooded the phone lines of ICE's field offices in NY demanding the release of Ragbir.

Related Articles

  • Check Out Which Casino is Best For You With No Deposit Bonuses

    Check Out Which Casino is Best For You With No Deposit Bonuses

    Everyone has to start somewhere, and if you or another first-time player makes a mistake, you would not expect criticism. All the games have rules to follow and there are plenty of online resources that will teach you how to play them.

    Myths about learning English

    For example, you can fulfill the exercise online and it’s better than to write it and it shows your mistakes automatically. And again- the motivation is the key! The myth#3: the residence in another country guarantees you the language learning.
    BLUMHOUSE'S TRUTH OR DARE Trailer Will Scare You

    BLUMHOUSE'S TRUTH OR DARE Trailer Will Scare You

    What I find interesting about this film, though, is that the full name appears to be " Blumhouse's Truth or Dare ". Check out the scary trailer below! 'Truth or Dare' hits theaters on April 27th, 2018 .
  • John Wick TV series in development, Keanu Reeves may guest star

    John Wick TV series in development, Keanu Reeves may guest star

    The network announced today it was moving forward with the previously rumored series , which will be called The Continental . If not, The Continental is in good hands with Collins, given his wide-ranging work on television in the past.

    Diet Coke releases FOUR fruity new flavours in 'Instagram-ready' slim cans

    Pellegrino growing in popularity , Diet Coke's latest move is a way to keep up with the changing trends in flavours and packaging. Diet Coke will still come in standard 12-ounce cans, as well as other sizes, such as bottles and mini-cans.
    Taylor Swift adds 3rd Gillette Stadium show for upcoming tour

    Taylor Swift adds 3rd Gillette Stadium show for upcoming tour

    Taylor Swift must have a big reputation in New England, because she's just added a third show at Gillette Stadium this summer. Swift's 1989 tour sold out arenas across the globe within minutes of tickets being available for purchase.
  • Chandigarh stalking: HC grants bail to Haryana BJP chief's son

    Chandigarh stalking: HC grants bail to Haryana BJP chief's son

    His counsel had sought a regular bail last month from the high court , submitting his client had been behind bars for four months. Since his arrest last August, Vikas has been lodged in Chandigarh's Burail jail with his friend and co-accused Ashish.
    Ronaldo, Messi, de Bruyne named in Year 2017 UEFA Team

    Ronaldo, Messi, de Bruyne named in Year 2017 UEFA Team

    Players from the Spanish league dominated the team with five Champions League winning Real Madrid players finding mentions. Interestingly, Ronaldo was the only player to make it to the team from the top 10 most expensive players of all time.
    Suspect on run after shooting Knoxville police officer at shopping center

    Suspect on run after shooting Knoxville police officer at shopping center

    Public officials and other East Tennessee law enforcement agencies Tweeted messages of support for the officer Thursday night. Rausch said Thursday night that he didn't know if Wilson was the only person in the auto at the time of the shooting.
  • ¥530 Million Loss Causes Japan to Reconsider its Approach to Cryptocurrencies

    ¥530 Million Loss Causes Japan to Reconsider its Approach to Cryptocurrencies

    Other Cryptocurrency Heists Perhaps the most concerning aspect of the Coincheck incident is that it is not the first of its kind. At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, many leaders reiterated warnings in the dangers of cryptocurrencies.
    United States  gov't blocks sale of MoneyGram to Chinese investors

    United States gov't blocks sale of MoneyGram to Chinese investors

    Prior to the Trump administration, just three deals had been blocked over the past 27 years. This pegged the deal at $1.2 billion.
    Israel PM to arrive on six-day India trip

    Israel PM to arrive on six-day India trip

    On January 15, Netanyahu will meet with the Indo-Israeli CEO forum here and address a separate business event. He will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.