Press Release: NYC Council Passes Resolution for Ravi Ragbir

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER
JUMAANE D. WILLIAMS

Contact: Kevin Fagan
kfagan@council.nyc.gov, 917-608-8784

February 15, 2018                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEcc-ravi

NEW YORK, NY: On February 15 at City Hall, the City Council approved a resolution introduced by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Ydanis Rodriguez, (D-Manhattan) in support of Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights activist who was recently detained by ICE and still faces imminent deportation.

Resolution 0182, which can be read in its entirety online, calls on Congress to pass HR 4937, a private bill from Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez that would grant Ragbir legal permanent status, and in the case of his deportation, a legal right to return to the United States. Continue reading

“We are on fire for justice.” Attorney Steve Sacco’s speech at the Feb. 10 #IStandWithRavi Rally in NYC

My name is Steven Sacco, I am an immigration lawyer, I defend people against deportation and against ICE.  When I’m working I must be polite to ICE because they have my client’s life in their hands.  But I am not at work today.  That means I am not here to be polite, I am here to be honest. Continue reading

“We must never make peace with injustice” Attorney Jessica Rofé at Feb 12 Event at NY Live Arts

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Jessica Rofé, one of Ravi’s attorneys at the Immigrant Defense Fellow at the NYU School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic

Good evening. I’d like to begin by saying that “[W]e are living through a very dangerous time. Everyone in this room is in one way or another aware of that. We are in a revolutionary situation, no matter how unpopular that word has become in this country. The society in which we live is desperately menaced, not by [Putin], but from within. So any citizen of this country who figured himself as responsible—particularly those of you who deal with the minds and heart of young people—must be prepared to ‘go for broke.’ Or to put it another way, you must understand that in the attempt to correct so many generations of bad faith and cruelty…you will meet the most fantastic, the most brutal, and the most determined resistance. There is no point in pretending that this won’t happen.” Continue reading

Update on Ravi’s February 9 Hearing in New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 29, 2018

Today, Mr. Ravi Ragbir’s attorneys argued that Federal District Court of New Jersey should grant Mr. Ragbir a stay of deportation pending the Court’s adjudication of his underlying legal case, which seeks to vacate his criminal conviction or, in the alternative, vacate his sentence. Mr. Ragbir’s legal case has been fully briefed.
The following is a statement from Mr. Ragbir’s legal defense team:

Today, the federal district court for the District of New Jersey heard arguments on whether it has the power to grant a stay of deportation in Mr. Ravi Ragbir’s case pending a decision on his underlying lawsuit which challenges the legality of his sole conviction and sentence. Counsel for Mr. Ragbir are hopeful that the court will exercise its inherent authority to grant the stay as it will ensure Mr. Ragbir’s ability to meaningfully participate in his proceedings.

Mr. Ragbir, said: “I am overwhelmed by the broad support from the community today in the courtroom and beyond, and I am hopeful that the court will grant the stay. ICE tries to sweep us away and deport us, which not only jeopardizes our cases but also the well-being of ourselves and our loved ones. It is critical that we continue to fight so all immigrants are able to exercise their due process rights.”

Information on the temporary stay granted in relation to the First Amendment Lawsuit, Ragbir v. Homan, here.