Two City Council members placed in handcuffs at deportation rally

Two City Council members placed in handcuffs at deportation rally

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson told reporters during a press conference later on Thursday that several protesters, including himself, were "suddenly and without warning or provocation shoved and pushed".

Ragbir came to America from Trinidad in February 1991 on a visitor's visa and became a green card holder in 1994. Like Montrevil, he came to the U.S. as a legal permanent resident, with a green card.

Ragbir came to the USA on a visitor's visa in 1991 and got a green card in 1994-but was convicted of wire fraud in 2001, served five years in prison and was ordered to be deported in 2006. He served a five-year jail sentence, then spent two years in immigration detention while he was in deportation proceedings. For a number of years, Ragbir's check-ins were routine.

He received a stay-of-removal in 2011 and has since been subject to prosecutorial discretion, which allows an agency or officer to figure out how to handle individual cases on a yearly basis-and which prevented his expulsion again in March. "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".

As in Ragbir's case, immigration authorities had for years allowed Montrevil to continue to live and work in the U.S. while he was trying to clear a challenge to his immigration status related to a decades-old conviction for selling drugs.

Ragbir's lawyer submitted a request for what is called a stay of removal, basically a hold on his removal order, while his legal case is pending.

Following a group prayer, Schaper, who works closely with Ragbir, remained resilient, asserting the strength of her surrounding community.

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Ragbir is married to Amy Gottlieb, an immigration advocate for American Friends Service Committee.

Ministers and supporters regularly went to check-ins with Ragbir.

In a statement, an ICE spokesperson said that over the last 12 years, Ragbir's immigration case "has undergone extensive judicial review at multiple levels of the nation's judicial system, including both immigration courts and federal appeals courts".

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. ICE justified its decision and said he will remain in custody pending removal to Trinidad. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both of NY. The vigil, which included over 200 protesters, gathered in Foley Square in Manhattan across the street from 26 Federal Plaza, where immigrants must check in with ICE officers. Democratic City Council members Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams were among those arrested. 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.

SAALT and other organizations have started a massive campaign to get Ragbir released from ICE detention, asking community members to call the offices of Sens.

"Ravi is an acclaimed community leader, a loving father, and a steadfast immigrant rights activist", he said in a statement. "Ravi must be released immediately".

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