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Supreme Court Reopens Local Leader’s Immigration Case

Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant advocate who runs the New Sanctuary Coalition, has been fighting his deportation with a First Amendment claim

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reinvigorated the federal government’s efforts to deport Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant advocate who runs the New Sanctuary Coalition. Ragbir has been fighting his deportation with a First Amendment claim, saying the federal government targeted him for exercising his freedom of speech. A federal appeals court had previously ruled in his favor, saying the arrest was retaliatory, but the Supreme Court vacated that decision and sent it back to a lower court. Law 360

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