Ravi Ragbir granted temporary stay from deportation
NEW YORK – Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the immigrant rights group New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, has been granted temporary stay in the country, according to several news reports.
According to the New York Post, Ragbir, an Indian American, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a routine check-in on Jan. 11 which sparked protests leading to nearly 20 arrests.
According to amNewYork, a judge had ordered his release from detention on Jan. 29, ruling that it was “unnecessarily cruel.” However, he was ordered to report to ICE for deportation on Saturday, Feb. 10.
But on Friday, Feb. 9, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan agreed to grant Ragbir a temporary stay as many local and nationwide advocacy groups filed a First Amendment lawsuit accusing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other officials of targeting immigrant-activists for deportation, according to Patch.com.