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These high profile actions prompted the law firm Arnold & Porter and the New York University Immigrant Rights Clinic to file suit today to challenge federal immigration officials' retaliatory and discriminatory enforcement of immigration laws against Ragbir and other immigrant rights activists on the basis of their protected political speech.

Ravi Ragbir was poised to be deported Saturday, following weeks of controversy surrounding his unexpected detention during a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on January 11 - and subsequent fight for release.

Ragbir is executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, a coalition of more than 150 faith-based groups that advocate for immigrant rights.

Ravi Ragbir feared he could have been arrested on Saturday again for deportation to Trinidad and Tobago, his country of birth which he hasn't seen in a quarter-century.

A NY activist for immigrant rights whose struggle against deportation got the backing of Mayor Bill de Blasio received a temporary reprieve Friday from U.S. officials.

He was then detained in 2006 after a judge ordered deportation because of his conviction.

From 2011 to 2016, Ragbir was granted four stays of removal.

Mechkowski also said that the relatively low-key manner of Montrevil's detention was intentional, so that the agency could avoid dealing with protests and "wailing kids and wailing clergy". The defendants will have until March 1 to file a response and the plaintiffs must file a reply by March 14, according to AM New York. "And all the signs are saying you can not deport a movement", Ragbir said. "We look forward to presenting these grave constitutional claims to the Court".

"Am I a national security problem?"

But ICE has denied targeting immigrants based on their advocacy work or comments, saying "any suggestion to the contrary is irresponsible, speculative and inaccurate".

A federal judge in New Jersey has extended Ragbir's stay until mid-March.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of NY approved a stipulation signed by Ragbir's attorneys and the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office granting Ragbir a temporary stay of deportation.

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