Fighting The Deportation Dragnet

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When Ravi Ragbir woke in Manhattan on January 11, readying himself for his regular immigration check-in, he had no idea that he would be spending that night incarcerated at the Krome Detention Center in Miami. Likewise, his wife Amy Gottlieb did not foresee she would soon be separated 1,200 miles from her husband—fearing he would be deported. Ravi’s case highlights a cruel and capricious immigration system that shatters families and fractures communities, even in so-called “sanctuary cities” like New York.
Two weeks later, a hundred or so New Yorkers braved the bitterly cold morning to join The New Sanctuary Coalition’s weekly Jericho Walk, which circles the New York City Immigration Court in Federal plaza. The Coalition has organized these walks for years to protest our country’s unjust immigration laws, but this week’s gathering had greater urgency. Since 2011, Ravi has served as the Coalition’s executive director; his detention and pending deportation weighs heavy on the hearts of those assembled.
Rev. Micah Bucey leads the group in prayer
Together, the group recites a prayer, led by Rev. Micah Bucey, a 2014 M.Div. graduate from Union. Bucey now serves as a pastor at Judson Memorial Church and is a dynamic leader in the New Sanctuary Coaltion. Bucey, fittingly, is wearing a stole that bears the likeness of Archbishop Oscar Romero, a man who gave his life defending the vulnerable from their government. When asked why he feels called to this public witness, Bucey looks puzzled. “The God that I have committed myself to; the Scriptures

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