Ragbir, who is the executive director of New Sanctuary Coalition of NY, is a prominent immigration rights activist in the country. "That was done by federal authorities, that was not done by New York City officials or New York City police officers in any way shape or form".
Among those arrested during the protest outside the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building were city councilmen Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams. Ragbir, head of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NY, was detained when he checked-in with ICE, as hundreds held a silent Jericho prayer walk outside.
But de Blasio blamed federal officials for ratcheting up the tensions Thursday, insisting the "original sin" came when ICE detained Ragbir during a routine check-in with the intention to deport him.
Ravi Ragbir, a prominent immigrant-rights activist, was detained by ICE officers Thursday morning in New York City, Council Speaker Corey Johnson posted on Twitter. When Ragbir had to show up for a check-in with ICE in March, hundreds of supporters showed up with him in support.
Mr. Ragbir, 53, became a permanent resident of the United States in 1994. "We call for him to be released from detention and granted a new stay of removal". Known as a fixture in the immigrant rights movement, Ragbir was awarded the 2017 Immigrant Excellence Award by the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, given to those who show "deep commitment to the enhancement of their community".
"Ravi Ragbir means everything to this city", said Rev. Kaji Dousa, co-chair of The New Sanctuary Coalition and senior pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church, in an emailed statement.
Activists are encouraging others to call the ICE offices and NY senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to demand Ragbir's release.
Ragbir has previously spent months in detention despite the fact that he is in the country legally, Patch reported.
Following a group prayer, Schaper, who works closely with Ragbir, remained resilient, asserting the strength of her surrounding community.
In each review, the courts have uniformly held that Ragbir does not have a legal basis to remain in the US, ICE said. He has since exhausted his petitions and appeals through the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. District Court. "Resist. Freedom. Resist. We are going to resist".
Leading immigrant and civil rights organizations and event co-sponsors American Friends Service Committee, Brooklyn Defender Services, Center for Constitutional Rights, Detention Watch Network, Immigrant Defense Project, LatinoJustice, Make the Road New York, MinKwon Center for Community Action, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York Immigration Coalition, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, UnLocal, Inc. rallied outside 26 Federal Plaza, where Ragbir was detained.