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Caribbean-American legislator arrested for protesting detention of Trinidadian community leader

Caribbean-American legislator arrested for protesting detention of Trinidadian community leader”

Despite the Trump administration's stated goal of focusing on deporting immigrants with violent criminal offenses, Ragbir's supporters suspect he was targeted by ICE officials for his activism.

New York City Council members were among more than a dozen arrested during a rally in Manhattan over the detention of an immigration rights activist. The crowd outside the ICE office grew as news about Ragbir's detainment spread and prompted a protest in New York City's Foley Park. "We can't call ourselves progressives and pro-immigrants when the NYPD is doing chokehold to us", said Rodriguez after his arrest. January 12, 2018: Two Caribbean-roots, New York City lawmakers were arrested by New York City police officers Thursday as they protested the detention of a Trinidad-born immigrant. Ragbir arrived in the U.S. from Trinidad and Tobago in 1991 on a visitor's visa.

"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. Following removal proceedings in 2006, he spent almost two years in immigration detention before his release in February 2008, a period during which he became a rising voice for the country's immigrant community.

Ragbir is executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City.

Ragbir was then granted a stay of deportation until 2018 by ICE officers who used prosecutorial discretion. On Thursday he went to a scheduled check-in with immigration authorities, as protesters rallied outside the federal building to support him. When Ragbir had to show up for a check-in with ICE in March, hundreds of supporters showed up with him in support. Ragbir told The Villager newspaper.

De Blasio, who has been arrested in decidedly calmer, more choreographed situations at past protests, said he believed the council members were engaging in "a conscious act of civil disobedience", but that it had not gone the way civil disobedience usually had in his experience.

"Ravi has served as a leader in the immigrant community, creating channels for access to information and legal resources".

Trivedi told India-West that after Ragbir was released from immigration detention in 2008, he was inspired by his experiences while incarcerated to speak out on prison reform and immigrant rights.

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

"It is crippling for the immigrant community", Young said. The couple lives with their daughter, Deborah, in Brooklyn. An online movement has also been initiated for his release.



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