You Can’t Deport a Movement, action against the Deportation of immigrants and Ravi Ragbir at Foley Square yesterday

Janice Ginger who’s husband Ramesh was almost deported when taken by ICE in March of 2015. “In June 2016 he was taken to JFK to be put on a flight but, he didn’t get on that flight because he knew his rights. And this is why we’re here, to express what this movement is about and the rights that we have as immigrants in this country”.

For the livestream, see my facebook page

From the event’s Facebook event page,

This moment is urgent. This is bigger than any one case. ICE is escalating its attack on immigrants, and only our movement can stop them.

There is a new stay for Ravi’s deportation, but this moment matters now MORE THAN EVER! We must stand up for the countless thousands of Ravis and Jeans and show that we are powerful together! We leave no one behind! ICE cannot target our leaders OR our communities!

Bring your friends, your colleagues, your love and solidarity to demand a#NEWSANCTUARYCITY

For the most up to date developments about the rally on Saturday, text ISTANDWITHRAVI to 41411, follow us on Twitter (@NewSanctuaryNYC) and Facebook, and track the hashtags #IStandWithRavi and #NewSanctuaryCity.


This rally concerns all of us — immigrants, U.S. citizens, New Yorkers. This is a fight against this racist administration’s attempt to overstep the constitution and cherry pick who has the right to freedom and who will be terrorized into silence. We’re going to let them know that this movement has deep roots and cannot be eradicated. We’re going to show them that you can’t deport a movement.

RAVI’S STORY Long-time permanent resident, community activist, father, and husband, Ravi Ragbir, faces permanent exile from his life in the U.S. Ravi’s immigration story began when he came to the U.S. from Trinidad in February 1991 on a visitor’s visa. In 1994, he became a lawful permanent resident (green card holder). A 15-year green card holder, Ravi was detained and ordered deported in 2006 by an immigration judge—without a hearing—based on a conviction for fraud, which he is currently seeking to vacate, based on factual and legal errors in his trial. Through his own struggle to remain in the U.S., Ravi became active in supporting other immigrants who were facing similar challenges. Today, Ravi is a nationally recognized leader in the immigrant rights movement. Through his work, Ravi met, fell in love with, and eventually married Amy Gottlieb, a U.S. Citizen and fellow immigrant rights activist. Despite being eligible to readjust his status to permanent resident based on his marriage, the Board of Immigration Appeals denied Ravi’s request for an opportunity to be heard. Ravi is currently appealing this decision so that he can remain with his wife in the U.S., the place he has called home for over twenty years. A Double Punishment Ravi experienced the worst of the deportation system. Because of his criminal conviction, an immigration judge ordered Ravi deported without granting him a hearing on the issue, denying Ravi the opportunity to present evidence of his character and strong community ties. He was subject to mandatory, indefinite detention for years in New Jersey and Alabama, far from his community. Ravi’s case underscores one of the fundamental flaws of the current immigration system and a key reason we need to reform our deportation laws: the inability of judges to exercise discretion in a case based on the facts presented. Before changes to the law in 1996, judges had the discretion to weigh all of the relevant facts in a case to determine whether to deport an immigrant. Furthermore, immigrants like Ravi are often detained, without bond, in immigration jails across the country for prolonged and sometimes indefinite periods of time. For many people with criminal convictions, no matter how long ago or how minor, the deportation system does not recognize rehabilitation.

Nydia Velasquez of the US House of Representatives for the 12th district of NY. “Mr. President, look at us, we are still standing here. We are strong and we are not going away. Yesterday we got some good news. That Ravi has been given an additional stay until mid March and that is progress but, not enough. Like any family Ravi and Amy deserve the peace of mind to know that their Government, Our Government is not going to needlessly and inhumanely tear them apart”.

For the live stream,

We need to stop the escalation of ICE and the president’s attacks on immigrant communities, including targeting dissidents for deportation, threatening Dreamers with detention, ICE efforts to infiltrate courts and churches, and up to the racist rhetoric of the president and his office. We will not be silent and we will not let immigrant communities continue to be an example of the endless cruelty of this administration. 

“The Congress of the US has been totally, Totally ignorant of the ability to make this DACA a reality in the lives of our children. We must Press on, we must Raise our Voices. I sat on the floor at 5 o’clock in the morning looking at how the divide and conquer strategy works. So we pass a budge bill and it does a lot of wonderful things but, it also does some disastrous things. It Heaps a Pile of Debt on our Children and grandchildren and great grandchildren at this stage. WE CAN TALK TO THE GLOBE BECAUSE OF WHO WE ARE, WE CAN END WARS BECAUSE OF WHO WE ARE. WE CAN BRING PEACE. AND AS LONG AS WE ALLOW THE XENOPHOBES, AS LONG AS WE ALLOW THE NEO NAZIS, THE RACIST TO GET OUT THERE AHEAD OF US, WE WILL AHVE TO LOOK OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN IN THE FACE AND SAY, WE FELL SHIORT. CAN YOU LOOK THEM IN THE FACE AND TELL THEM YOU FELL SHORT?” “.


In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re asking friends and fellow activists to help hand deliver a message of love for all immigrants to ICE’s office by showing up on Feb. 10th at 9AM in solidarity with Ravi, Dreamers, TPS recipients, workers, families, and community members. We’ll use messages of love and solidarity to combat the “good immigrant, bad immigrant” narrative. We resent the pressure on immigrants to prove their social or economic worth in order to justify their humanity. We encourage making signs that celebrate people’s differences through what makes them special — not just how a piece of paper classifies them.

Public Advocate of NYC Leticia James. “You can’t kill an idea, you can’t kill a thought, you can’t kill a belief and cannot deport a movement. We’re happy that Ravi got a reprieve but, the reality is, is that, there are thousands, if not millions, of immigrants from, ‘Shithole countries’ who are facing deportation each and every day”. “ICE is standing INSIDE our court room and I’m so glad that the Legal Aid attorney’s in the Bronx Stood Up and walked out!” for livestream,,

Linda Sarsour is an American political activist and former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. She gained national attention for her advocacy on behalf of American Muslims and as a co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March.



Steven T. Sacco, part of Ravi’s legal team from the Legal Aid Society gave a great speech saying, “the imprisoned are not detained, they are inturned. The inturned are not in custody they are disappeared. And they are not asked to pay a bond the are coerced to pay ransoms. ICE does not implement policy it dispenses terror, it’s Thuggery masquerading as bureaucracy. Just because it’s agenda is sanctioned by law does not mean that it is not also morally depraved. We will not pay respect to institutions that do not respect human life. And we will not see legitimacy in the enforcement of unjust law”. ICE is engaged in a campaign of violence against our neighbors and loved ones. THEY’RE EXECUTING A WAR ON LIBERTY ITSELF. THE TIME HAS COME TO CALL EVIL OUR AS EVIL AND WE WILL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR NAMING BRUTALITY. ICE AGENTS HAVE EVEN TOLD ME TO MY FACE ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION, “I’M JUST DOING MY JOB”. THEY ARE, THAT’S THE PROBLEM!.”

Live stream of Steven Sacco,,

Ravi spoke briefly about the number of women who were standing behind him and that it was his wife who stood up for him to the Deputy Director. So he gave the mic to his wife, Amy.

Ravi spoke about being seen by the US as a “national Security” issue as the reason he is being deported. “Who is the National Security problem, the doctor treating the sick, the restaurant worker who’s feeding the hungry, the father who’s taking his children to school? Are they a National Security problem? AM I A NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM? AM I COLLUDING WITH RUSSIA? WE ARE BECAUSE WE ARE CHANGING WHAT IS HAPPENING.”

To hear Ravi and Amy see the livestream,


Supporters of Ravi circles 26 Federal Plaza 2 times before kneeling and praying on the Foley Square side of the building.

Ravi and supporters kneeling in prayer in the back of 26 Federal Plaza

Reverend Billy of the Stop Shopping Choir yelling with Ravi and supporters outside 26 Federal Plaza yesterday to end the mass deportation of immigrants under the guise of the illegit war on “terror” and “National Security”.


The Livestream of the kneeling in prayer,,

Walking north on Thompson Street to Judson Memorial Church where there will be a gathering and discussion on the issue of mass deportations.

Co-Sponsoring Organizations include: New Sanctuary Coalition, New York Immigration Coalition, 32BJ SEIU, Bronx Immigration Partnership, Copwatch Patrol Unit, Critical Resistance, Detention Watch Network, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), Democratic Socialists of America, Domestic Workers Alliance, Equality Labs, Immigrant Defense Project, Interfaith Center of New York, mPower Change, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP), the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Northern Manhattan Immigration Coalition, Red Bloom / Solidarity Network, Restaurant Opportunities Center NYC, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, Rise and Resist, South Asian Solidarity Initiative, Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) NYC, UnLocal, We Belong Together, WhyHunger, Workers Center of Central NY, Worker Justice Center of New York, and a growing list of others!

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