Ravi Ragbir's Spouse Calls Life With The Activist In Jail A Disaster

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The spouse of jailed immigration activist Ravi Ragbir instructed supporters Saturday that she’s cried each day since federal immigration officers led him away in handcuffs.

“The impression of getting my husband locked up in jail has been devastating,” mentioned Amy Gottlieb at a rally outdoors the Javits Federal Constructing. “It’s a disaster and it’s traumatizing.

“It’s extra traumatizing than I can ever say … Actually, I do really feel like I’ve been a sufferer of state-sponsored crime.”

Ragbir, 43, was arrested Jan. 11 throughout a scheduled appointment with federal officers in Decrease Manhattan. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers held Ragbir for deportation to his native Trinidad and Tobago.

Rep. Nydia Velasquez (D-N.Y.), who plans to convey Gottlieb alongside to Tuesday’s State of the Union deal with, charged that Ragbir was focused due to his work as an immigration activist.

“Our authorities is saying for those who arise to your rights or converse out to your group, then you definitely run the chance of being detained or deported,” mentioned Velasquez.

“Our authorities is saying, ‘We are going to separate you from your loved ones for those who don’t sit down and shut up.’”

As the pinnacle of the New Sanctuary Coalition, Ragbir assisted 1000’s of individuals dealing with detention and deportation — and now finds himself in the identical place.

He’s at present in custody on the Orange County jail in Goshen, N.Y.

A listening to was set for Monday the place attorneys for the jailed man will problem the legality of his detention and argue for his launch.

On Friday, Velázquez and Rep. Joe Crowley demanded a sitdown with ICE officers concerning “the rash of enforcement actions towards immigrant rights leaders.”

The pair had been joined by 29 different legislators writing within the wake of Rabgir’s arrest.

Crowley, talking to dozens of sign-waving Ragbir supporters, inspired the group to take a stand towards the federal government’s makes an attempt to deport the activist.

“What has occurred to Ravi and to others proper now isn’t justice,” he mentioned. “I consider they’re concentrating on these people.”

Ragbir, a 27-year resident of the U.S., was arrested throughout a routine check-in with ICE — the place officers declared he had exhausted his authorized appeals to stay within the nation.

He was initially granted everlasting residency in 1994, though it was revoked after a wire fraud conviction six years later.

Ragbir argued that dangerous authorized recommendation led him to plead responsible to an aggravated felony, placing his residency standing in danger.

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