Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir

On January 26, Manhattan judge Katherine Forrest ordered the release of immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir. Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, was arrested on January 11 and set to be deported soon thereafter. Ravi Ragbir became a lawful U.S. resident in 1994. In 2000, however, Ragbir was convicted of fraud while working as a mortgage lender and served a short prison sentence. He was set to be deported but was released in 2008 under supervision. After that, Ragbir has become a figure of authority in the immigration rights movement. On January 11 when Ragbir went in for a regular check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), he was told he was going to be detained and soon deported. After fainting, Ragbir was taken to a local hospital and then sent to a federal deportation center in Miami. Immediately after the arrest, Ragbir’s legal team from NYU Law School’s Immigration Rights Clinic filed a habeas corpus…

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