A invoice launched Tuesday by Rep. Nydia Velazquez seeks to guard immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir from this weekendâ€™s looming deportation.
Velazquez (D-N.Y.) proposed the laws on the Home ground in hopes of giving Ragbir a shot at everlasting immigration standing and an avenue to return to the U.S. if he does get deported.
â€śRavi has devoted himself to serving to others and poses no risk to anybody, making threats to deport him nonsensical and inhumane,â€ť mentioned Velazquez.
Officers from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement may throw Ragbir out of the U.S. as quickly as Saturday. The personal immigration invoice, if signed into regulation, would supply hope to Ragbir no matter what ICE does this weekend.
Ragbir, 43, lived in the US for the final 27 years earlier than he was taken into custody by ICE throughout a routine Jan. 11 check-in with authorities on the Javits Federal Constructing in decrease Manhattan.
â€śMy invoice places our neighborhoodâ€™s assist into legislative motion … this invoice may also ship a sign to ICE and the courts that Ravi enjoys robust assist among the many neighborhood.â€ť
The invoice, formally H.R. 4937, â€śgives for the reduction of Ravidath Lawrence Ragbir.â€ť He got here to the US from his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ragbir was sprung from a federal detention middle on Jan. 29 after Manhattan Federal Choose Katherine Forrest issuing a stinging rebuke of the Trump Administrationâ€™s immigration coverage as â€śpointless cruelty.â€ť
â€śWhen this nation allowed (Ragbir) to change into part of our neighborhood cloth, allowed him to construct a life with and amongst us and to benefit from the liberties and freedom that include that, it dedicated itself to allowance of an orderly departure when the time got here,” Forrest wrote.
â€śBy denying (Ragbir) these rights, the federal government has acted wrongly.â€ť