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Immigration activist Ragbir staves off deportation for now

AP  |  New York 

Leading Indian-descent immigrant rights activist Ravi whose long battle over has drawn support from Democratic politicians in won't have to leave country before a First Amendment lawsuit is heard.

Ragbir, a citizen of who leads the of City, a coalition of 150 faith-based pro-immigrant groups, says in a lawsuit that he and other activists have been wrongly targeted by officials in an effort by the to silence dissent.

"These activists have been surveilled, intimidated, harassed and detained, their homes raided, many have been plucked off the street in broad daylight, and some have even been deported," the lawsuit read.

was taken into custody on January 11 after a routine check-in with officials in He previously served 30 months in prison for wire fraud because of work he did for a crooked mortgage company. He said he has been given a order for February 10, but has at least one pending court appeal before then.

He was released last week after a federal ruled he hadn't been given enough time to say goodbye to his family. That judge, U.S. District Katherine B. Forrest, expressed "grave concern" over allegations he was targeted for because of his political activities.

The week before his arrest, another of the New Sanctuary Coalition, Jean Montrevil, was arrested in the street and deported to Montrevil was sentenced to an 11-year prison sentence for selling cocaine.

US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement last month also detained the husband of an immigrant activist in Boulder, Colorado, who got after seeking sanctuary from deportation in a church.

In a stipulation dated Thursday, federal prosecutors and Ragbir's lawyers agreed he won't be deported until the case is heard.

Separately, he was appearing in court in to ask a to stay deportation while he appealed the 2001 wire fraud conviction.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 00:30 IST