Judge will decide whether immigrant activist will be brought back to NYC

A Manhattan federal judge said Tuesday that she will decide whether the immigrants-rights activist who was detained last week — sparking a protest and nearly 20 arrests — should be brought back to New York from Miami while he fights deportation in court.

Ravi Ragbir, 53, was detained during a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Thursday, prompting hundreds of people to take to the street in protest, including city Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Ydanis Rodriguez, who were arrested during the frenzy.

Ragbir, an immigrant from Trinidad, was then transported to Miami after he was detained.

Ragbir, who heads the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, has successfully challenged a 2006 order for deportation that followed his conviction on wire fraud and conspiracy.

The same day he was taken in, lawyers for Ragbir filed a suit on his behalf against US Attorney Jeff Sessions, arguing that their client has a stay of removal valid through Jan. 19.

Judge Katherine Forrest pressed prosecutors on why Ragbir was detained eight days before the stay expired and said she would soon rule on whether Ragbir should be brought back to New York while he awaits the outcome of his deportation case.

Source: https://nypost.com/2018/01/16/judge-will-decide-whether-immigrant-activist-will-be-brought-back-to-nyc/

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