Metropolis pols joined immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir in Manhattan on Wednesday to demand that he be allowed to remain in the US.
Ragbir was launched from federal detention Monday on the orders of a federal decide — however he nonetheless faces potential deportation to his native Trinidad and Tobago as quickly as subsequent week.
“Their objective was to remove all of the leaders of the immigrant rights motion. Their objective was to create concern among the many immigrant inhabitants,” Ragbir, head of the New Sanctuary Coalition, stated outdoors Metropolis Corridor.
His Jan. 11 arrest sparked large protests — the place demonstrators together with Councilmen Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams have been arrested. The 2 pols plan to sponsor a Council decision making official town’s place that Ragbir ought to get to remain.
“I hope and pray that each singly immoral deportation causes as a lot disruption to the established order as what occurred on Jan. 11,” stated Williams (D-Brooklyn).
A day after his launch, Ragbir and his spouse attended President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday evening.
“I used to be within the stomach of the beast for 18 days. I ended up within the different stomach of the beast on the State of the Union,” he stated, including the speech was “actually tough” to hearken to however he felt it was essential to indicate his face.
“Their objective was to take away me. And I’m sitting in entrance of you. My spouse is sitting in entrance of you,” he stated.
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Ragbir turned a U.S. everlasting resident in 1994, however his residency was revoked following a 2000 conviction for wire fraud. The feds have ordered him to report for deportation on Feb. 10. The decide issued a keep barring his deportation, however a courtroom listening to the day earlier than will decide whether or not that stays in place.
The activist acquired the assist Wednesday of Metropolis Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Public Advocate Letitia James and greater than a dozen council members.
Johnson known as his arrest an instance of “actual sick, sick bigotry.”
“These insurance policies are un-American. They’re racist. And they’re concentrating on people to attempt to silence them and put concern in communities throughout our metropolis and throughout this nation,” he stated.
The NYPD has additionally drawn criticism for aggressive arrests on the protest and for offering an escort to the ICE officers transporting Ragbir.
“What we noticed final week, which I consider was some collusion between ICE and the NYPD, ought to by no means have been tolerated in a sanctuary metropolis,” stated Councilman Donovan Richards, the chair of the general public security committee, who will maintain a listening to on the problem subsequent week.