Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Amid Deportation Protests, ICE Detains Immigrant-rights Leader in NYC

Amid Deportation Protests, ICE Detains Immigrant-rights Leader in NYC

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson criticized federal agents and city police Thursday for what he called an overly aggressive response to a protest sparked by the detainment of an immigrant-rights leader. 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 is the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NY and has been nationally recognized for his work. 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. Mr. Ragbir fainted when.

NYPD Officers arrested New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams after a peaceful protest became violent due to the detention of the Activist Ravi Ragbir while he was on a ICE check in while a rally in support of immigrants was occurring at Foley Square in January 11, 2018 in New York City. For a number of years, Ragbir's check-ins were routine.

Mr. Ragbir has lived with the threat of deportation for almost a decade, as the result of a 16-year old conviction for wire fraud. "The fact that ICE has taken him as if his spirit, family ties and contributions to the community mean nothing is inhumane". He spent 22 months in immigration detention. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both of NY.

The statement adds that Ragbir is a long-time permanent resident of the United States, community activist, father, and husband. "He will remain in custody pending removal to Trinidad", she said.

In a video of the rally posted to Twitter by Buzzfeed News, Williams was seen being held face-down on the hood of a auto by a police officer while saying, "Freedom".


In a statement late Thursday, an ICE spokeswoman said Ragbir had "exhausted" his petitions and appeals and would be deported. "Resist. Freedom. Resist. We are going to resist".

Eric Phillips, Mayor Bill de Blasio's spokesman, said in a statement that the mayor was briefed on the protest and police activity.

"The area is covered extensively by cameras", Phillips tweeted, "and we'll be reviewing the footage to get to the bottom of what happened".

Leading immigrant and civil rights organizations and event co-sponsors American Friends Service Committee, Brooklyn Defender Services, Center for Constitutional Rights, Detention Watch Network, Immigrant Defense Project, LatinoJustice, Make the Road New York, MinKwon Center for Community Action, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York Immigration Coalition, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, UnLocal, Inc. rallied outside 26 Federal Plaza, where Ragbir was detained.

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