Monday, January 29, 2018

“Ravi Ragbir Is Coming Home—for Now.”

Update, 1/30/18: Today's Democracy Now! features an excellent discussion with Ravi Ragbir, his wife Amy Gottlieb, and his lead attorney, Alina Dax. Watch at: 

Ravi Ragbir Was Freed by the Movement He Helped Build
While it was a judge who ordered Ragbir released, it was immigration rights activists who brought him home.

By Jake Offenhartz, The Nation
January 29, 2018
Ravi Ragbir is coming home—for now. 

On Monday, United States District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled that the “the government has acted wrongly” and with “unnecessary cruelty” in detaining the well-known immigrant advocate during a routine check-in earlier this month, and ordered his immediate release from a correctional facility in Orange County, New York. Noting that, “there is, and ought to be in this great country, the freedom to say goodbye,” Forrest repeatedly condemned the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s actions. “This abrupt and by all accounts unnecessary detention, a step in the direction of deportation, was wrong,” she declared.[…]

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Activist Entitled to ‘Freedom to Say Goodbye,’ Judge Rules

By Liz Robbins, New York Times
January 29, 2018
In an impassioned rebuke of the Trump administration’s immigration practices, a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan Monday ordered the immediate release of the immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir, calling his abrupt detention on Jan. 11 unconstitutional and cruel.

Mr. Ragbir, a native of Trinidad and Tobago who has been ordered to leave the country by immigration officials, should have been entitled to “the freedom to say goodbye,” as Judge Katherine B. Forrest, of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, put it in her opinion.[…]

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