From the New York Times:
ICE Detained My Husband for Being an Immigrant Activist
By AMY GOTTLIEB JAN. 18, 2018
Ravi Ragbir, center, who came to the United States 26 years ago and has a green card, remains in detention by ICE after a routine check-in and faces possible deportation. Credit John Moore/Getty Images
Last Thursday, I found myself in the back of an ambulance with my handcuffed husband, Ravi Ragbir, two E.M.T.s and an agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As the ambulance inched its way out of 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan, I caught glimpses of the chaos outside. Faces of friends swam in and out of view. We could hear the shouts and wails of the hundreds of supporters surrounding us, who knew Ravi had been arrested, feared he was being “disappeared” and were attempting, nonviolently, with their bodies, to protect him.
As I mentioned over the weekend, Ravi Ragbir is a litigious white collar criminal who was convicted in 2000 of seven counts of wire fraud for his role in a phony mortgage scam. Amusingly, his appeal of his conviction was denied in a blunt opinion written by Third Circuit judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who is, indeed, Donald Trump’s big sister.
After a couple of years in prison, he was ordered deported in 2006. But our system is so slow that this con man is still with us a dozen years later.
… My greatest fear is that he will be sent back to Trinidad, where he has not lived for over 25 years. We must keep Ravi, and other immigrant leaders at home in the United States, where they belong.
Amy Gottlieb is the associate director of the northeast region of the American Friends Service Committee.