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Federal Judge orders release of Ravi Ragbir, immigration activist awaiting deportation

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New York, NY – On January 29, 2018; a federal judge in New York City ordered the immediate release of a prominent immigration activist Ravi Ragbir, executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, saying his detention was “unnecessarily cruel.” The New Sanctuary Coalition together with faith leaders, immigration activists, and community members organized a “Jericho Walk” outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices and immigration courts at 26 Federal Plaza, marching in silence and prayer in solidarity with Jean Montrevil, Ravi Ragbir and all immigrants who are facing deportation.

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The Associated Press – NEW YORK:

A federal judge in New York City has ordered the immediate release of a prominent immigration activist, saying his detention was “unnecessarily cruel.”

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Applause broke out in a packed Manhattan courtroom Monday after Judge Katherine Forrest announced that Ravi Ragbir must be released.

The citizen of Trinidad has been fighting deportation after a fraud conviction.

Forrest read aloud a written ruling saying that Ragbir and those like him across the country ought to have “the freedom to say goodbye” when they are not a threat to flee or a danger to the community.

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Lawyers for Ragbir contended Ragbir was targeted by a biased government official upset after witnessing Ragbir’s organization and Ragbir himself protesting outside his office.

A government lawyer said there was no evidence to support that.

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