Ravi Ragbir received a temporary stay of deportation
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New York, NY – Ravi Ragbir, executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, received a temporary stay of deportation. On February 10, 2018; 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.
Ravi Ragbir, an important immigrant rights leader of the New Sanctuary Coalition was expected to be deported Saturday February 10, 2018 in New York City.
Ravi has been singled out as part of an overall leap in a number of immigrant rights leaders being targeted for deportation. His deportation order was temporarily stayed because of mass protest.
Shortly after the judge halted Ragbir’s deportation and returned him to his family, the longtime activist was informed that ICE had scheduled his deportation for Saturday, February 10, a day after he was slated to appear in court in one of his ongoing cases.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is unconstitutionally using its power to suppress political dissent by targeting outspoken immigration activists for surveillance and deportation, according to allegations in a federal lawsuit filed on Friday by immigration rights groups.
Upon learning of the lawsuit on Thursday, however, ICE agreed to back off its threat to deport Ragbir imminently. He will still be required to check-in on Saturday, but the government will hold off on the deportation proceedings until the court has a chance to rule on the request for a preliminary injunction he made as part of the lawsuit.
After his stay was finalized and the lawsuit was filed, ICE officials informed Ragbir’s legal team that he would no longer be required to check-in with ICE on February 10. Instead, he was summoned for a March 15 meeting at ICE’s office in downtown New York.
The lawsuit was brought by Ragbir and the New Sanctuary Coalition; the New York Immigration Coalition, an umbrella group composed of immigrant rights organizations; CASA de Maryland, another immigrant rights group covering mid-Atlantic states; the National Immigration Law Project of the National Lawyers Guild, which provides legal counsel to immigrants facing deportation; and the Detention Watch Network, a national coalition focused on immigration detention issues.
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