Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

NYC councilmen arrested at rally for immigrant rights activist detained by ICE

NYC councilmen arrested at rally for immigrant rights activist detained by ICE

At least 18 others were arrested including City Council members Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams. The councilman was arraigned Thursday night after being charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, obstructing government administration of medical services, and resisting arrest, and released without bail. I was not blocking anyone. And he called on the NYPD to release body camera footage of the protest if it exists.

"People are outraged. Give people the space to be outraged that their friend, their colleague, a father, a husband, whose wife is here, who has a USA citizen daughter, is not going to come home", Linda Sarsour, an organizer of the Women's March who was at the protest, told BuzzFeed News.

Under President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE, ICE has curtailed prosecutorial discretion, deporting many immigrants who show up to their annual check-ins. By then, he was also officially in ICE custody. The police officer starts shoving Johnson and telling him to "back up!"

Officers are seen grabbing Williams, handcuffing him and slamming him onto the front of a vehicle.

"We are definitely going to investigate what happened with our police officers because I am concerned to know exactly what happened, why it happened and if anything happened that was not appropriate in the handling of the protesters, that needs to be acted on", de Blasio said on his weekly appearance on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show.

Ms. Yong Yow declined to comment on the pending hearing.

"At this point, it appears the police were clearing a path for an ambulance with a patient inside that was en route to a hospital", McRorie said in a statement. "The NYPD was attempting to clear a path for that ambulance, which was purposely and repeatedly being blocked".

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In 2006, Ragbir was ordered by an immigration judge to be detained and deported, stemming from a 2001 conviction of wire fraud - an aggravated felony.

She added that "In an exercise of discretion, the agency had previously allowed him to remain free from custody with periodic check-ins, while his case was under court review".

In 2011, the NY field office of ICE granted him a stay of removal.

In a statement, an ICE spokesperson said that over the last 12 years, Ragbir's immigration case "has undergone extensive judicial review at multiple levels of the nation's judicial system, including both immigration courts and federal appeals courts". When he was released, the NY resident became an outspoken activist for immigrants in the country. "He will remain in custody pending removal to Trinidad".

"Ravi Ragbir means everything to this city", said New Sanctuary Coalition Co-Chair Rev. Kaji Dousa. "The fact that ICE has taken him as if his spirit, family ties and contributions to the community mean nothing is inhumane".

He is married to Amy Gottlieb, a USA citizen and fellow immigration activist, but has been unable to regularize his immigration status through marriage because of his prior conviction.

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