On Friday, January 25, 2019, the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey denied Mr. Ragbir’s coram nobis petition. The petition sought to overturn the sole criminal conviction and sentence underlying Mr. Ragbir’s removal order based on fundamental errors that occurred at trial and on appeal. The District Court found that multiple errors had occurred in Mr. Ragbir’s proceedings; however, it concluded that those errors are insufficient to grant him relief at this stage. Counsel for Mr. Ragbir will appeal the District Court’s denial of his petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Ragbir continues to have a stay of deportation pending the outcome of his First Amendment case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Ragbir, together with several immigrant rights organizations, filed a First Amendment lawsuit last year seeking to vindicate the rights of immigrants who have been targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on the basis of their protected speech regarding U.S. immigration law and policy.