ICE Detains Immigrant Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir During Routine Check

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

The rally occurred in response to an immigration rights activist's detainment by the Immigration Customs Enforcement.

Ragbir is also the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NY that works to help families resist detention and deportation in the United States, according to the Coalition's website.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson was also among the crowd Thursday morning.

Both Rodriguez and Williams had been long-time supporters of Ragbir and joined him during an ICE check-in at the same building in May 2017, as reported by Gothamist. When Ragbir had to show up for a check-in with ICE in March, hundreds of supporters showed up with him in support.

In 2001, Ragbir was convicted of wire fraud while working as a loan processor for a USA -based mortgage lender, making his green card subject to review despite the fact that his wife is a US citizen and is the father a USA -born daughter.

"Ravi Ragbir means everything to this city", said New Sanctuary Coalition Co-Chair Rev. Kaji Dousa. "The fact that ICE has taken him as if his spirit, family ties and contributions to the community mean nothing is inhumane".

SAALT and other organizations have started a massive campaign to get Ragbir released from ICE detention, asking community members to call the offices of Sens. He was placed into removal proceedings in 2006 and spent 22 months in immigration detention before being released in February 2008. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both of NY.

Following a group prayer, Schaper, who works closely with Ragbir, remained resilient, asserting the strength of her surrounding community.

"In each review", the statement continues, "the courts have uniformly held that Mr. Ragbir does not have a legal basis to remain in the U.S. In an exercise of discretion, the agency had previously allowed him to remain free from custody with periodic check-ins, while his case was under court review. He will remain in custody pending removal to Trinidad", the statement added.

"He has since exhausted his petitions and appeals through the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the US District Court".

Williams is seen in the video and photos in a gray suit and red socks.

"We are definitely going to investigate what happened with our police officers because I am concerned to know exactly what happened, why it happened and if anything happened that was not appropriate in the handling of the protesters, that needs to be acted on", de Blasio said on his weekly appearance on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show. His detention is entirely unwarranted and reflects the Trump administration's predatory behavior in New York City and across the country.