Ragbir is the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. "Now, more than ever, it is important to show solidarity in the face of policies that threaten our communities". He was granted permanent residency in 1994, but it was revoked after he was convicted of wire fraud in 2000. However, he was detained by ICE during one of his regularly scheduled check-ins.
Witnesses said Ragbir was driven away in an ambulance after fainting, surrounded by a crowd of supporters shouting "Ravi, Ravi" trying to prevent the vehicle from leaving. That isn't to say that that's what happened here, but just to say that we know there are some ways in which the NYPD enables ICE to continue raids and targeting undocumented folks.
Ragbir's arrest followed that of Jean Montrevil, an immigrant activist from Haiti who was taken into custody last week near his Far Rockaway, New York, home, and just one day after The Associated Press reported a wave of ICE raids at convenience stores across the country. Just previous year, Ravi was recognized with the Immigrant Excellence Award by the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, given to those who show "deep commitment to the enhancement of their community".
Until his detention, Ragbir had an administrative stay of removal in place, which suspends an order of removal. Council Speaker Corey Johnson participated in the protest but was not arrested. "A longtime New Yorker, a husband and a father, Ravi is beloved by all of us who have had the privilege of working with him to make NY a welcoming community for all of its residents".
"I am at 26 Federal Plaza in support of Ravi Ragbir, immigrant rights activist, community leader, husband and father, who has been detained by ICE", he tweeted. He was placed into removal proceedings in 2006 and then spent 22 months in immigration detention before being released in February 2008. "There is no doubt that he should be allowed to stay here with his family and community", Schaper said.
Prominent Community Activist Ravi Ragbir Arrested by ICE, Ordered Immediately Deported
Brittany Ramos DeBarros, a veteran, said, "I think this goes against the ethics and values that our nation is supposed to stand for, and as a person who cares about the moral integrity of our country, I think that it's important that we stand up, especially given the long history of federal agents targeting leaders of resistance and liberation movements to dismantle the momentum of those movements. He will remain in custody pending removal to Trinidad", Yong said.
Officers are seen grabbing Williams, handcuffing him and slamming him onto the front of a vehicle. "Resist. Freedom. Resist. We are going to resist".
He is married to Amy Gottlieb, a US citizen and fellow immigration activist, but has been unable to regularize his immigration status through marriage because of his prior conviction.
Another protest rally in support of Ragbir is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday in front of Varick Street Detention Center, where he will be detained.
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