'We Will Unapologetically Resist' ICE: NYC Dem Defiant After 'Disorderly Conduct' Charges
A New York City councilman promised to remain "defiant" after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with a public demonstration that blocked an ambulance carrying a Trinidad and Tobago native detained by ICE.
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D), who represents Washington Heights, Fort George and Inwood, was arrested earlier this year for blocking a vehicle transporting Ravi Ragbir from a downtown federal building.
On Wednesday, Rodriguez - one of 18 arrested in the January incident near Centre and Worth Streets in Manhattan - entered his plea before criminal court Judge Herbert Moses, the New York Daily News reported.
Rodriguez was one of several people who accompanied Ragbir to that routine check-in with ICE officials. Ragbir was subsequently arrested by the authorities and faced deportation back to Trinidad and Tobago.
Ragbir was escorted from the building in an ambulance, which was then blocked by Rodriguez and others.
Rodriguez told the court he will continue to fight "against unjustified [Immigration & Customs Enforcement] policy made by President Trump."
On Tuesday he tweeted that "we are the majority and we will prevail" in the immigration law fight.
We will continue to unapologetically resist any attacks on immigrants. We are the majority and we will prevail. Thank you to my brothers for standing with me today. #istandwithravi #amandastays #ImmigrationReform #CleanDreamAct pic.twitter.com/XIaVXk4qSO
— Ydanis Rodriguez (@ydanis) February 28, 2018
Moses responded by telling Rodriguez that the courtroom was not the proper place for such political expressions.
Rodriguez and Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) previously praised Ragbir as a beloved community leader for several years.
According to the paper, Ragbir was convicted of wire fraud in 2000, after being granted permanent residency six years prior.
After being detained by ICE in mid-January, New York federal court Judge Katherine Forrest ruled his due process rights had been violated and ordered his release from custody.
Ragbir later said that President Trump's immigration crackdown amounts to "ethnic cleansing," according to AM New York.