Angered by the Trump administration’s offensive against immigrants, hundreds of people gathered in Washington Square Park in New York City on Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to protest the arrest of Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant-rights leader from Trinidad, and Jean Montrevil from Haiti. Both were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents earlier in January.
The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City organized the demonstration. It works out of the nearby Judson Memorial Church, where the group held a press conference. Speakers demanded that Immigration and Customs Enforcement release Ragbir and Montrevil.
Ragbir’s spouse, Amy Gottlieb, told the news conference that Ragbir had been moved to Miami: “Ravi called me this morning and he said, ‘Get me out of here.’ And that’s what we are going to do, folks. We are going to get Ravi out of detention, and Jean out of detention, and thousands of people who are locked up by ICE everyday out of detention.
“We are going to break down the walls. We are going to live in a world where people can live with dignity and justice prevails.” (AM NY, Jan. 15)</p