The political debate over the fate of “DREAMers” — undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — has overlooked just how many there are in the country today: about 3.6 million.
That number of people whose lives risk being uprooted is not widely known, in large part because so much public attention has been focused recently on 800,000 mostly young DREAMers accepted into the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Accordig to Conservative Tribune , two high-profile illegal immigrants who attained a degree of fame through their activism have been detained and/or deported by the Trump administration after receiving repeated stays in the past, The Daily Caller has reported.
Ravidath Ragbir and Jean Montrevil, both prominent figures within the pro-illegal immigration group New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, were detained and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after years of being allowed to stay in the country at the discretion of federal officials — in spite of the fact that both had been convicted of serious crimes.
Ragbir, 53,who is of Indian origin but hails from Trinidad and Tobago entered the U.S. in 1991 on a visitor’s visa. He was able to obtain a green card three years later, but lost his legal permanent resident status several years later after being convicted of wire fraud. In 2016, Ragbir was granted a two-year reprieve from deportation, which was scheduled to expire Jan. 19. ICE attorneys said in court Jan. 16 that they could not explain why Ragbir was arrested, despite having several days before his reprieve expired.
Ragbir is executive director of New Sanctuary, was checking in at the ICE office in New York City when he was detained. While Ragbir had immigrated to the United States legally back in 1991 from Trinidad and Tobago, he was convicted of wire fraud in 2000, according to The New York Times.
Ragbir received a deportation order in 2006, but in 2011 ICE officials in New York City gave him a reprieve of deportation. That reprieve was extended last April, but ICE officials informed Ragbir that reprieve would not be extended further. A judge will now decide his fate.
One week later, Haitian national Jean Montrevil — a co-founder of New Sanctuary — was deported after being taken into custody in early January. Montrevil, who had entered the United States in 1986, had served time on a drug possession charge and was in the process of appealing a deportation order. Montrevil was convicted in the nineties of possession of cocaine, but was allowed to remain in the country after serving 11 years in prison. Since his release he had no further encounters with law enforcement officials until four ICE officers arrested him on his way to work on Jan. 3. Montrevil has four children who live in New York and has lived in the United States for 30 years.
The deportation of the Haitian activist comes just days after the Trump administration that Salvadorans living in the United States under Temporary Protected Status, TPS, will need to leave the country within 18 months. The same measure has already been taken against Haitian, Nicaraguan and Sudanese migrants.