A lawsuit challenging the retaliatory deportation of immigrant rights activitist Ravi Ragbir
The Knight Institute and Georgetown Law's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection submitted amicus briefs in the Southern District of New York and, joined by the Roderick & Solange Macarthur Justice Center, in the Second Circuit, explaining the First Amendment concerns raised by the government’s retaliatory deportation of prominent immigrant rights activists like Ravi Ragbir.
The amicus briefs argued that the First Amendment bars the government from removing Ragbir from the United States in retaliation for his political speech. The briefs also argued that ICE's practice of targeting immigrants in retaliation for their protected speech burdens not only their own First Amendment rights, but the rights of community members who wish to hear what they have to say.
Status: On April 25, 2019, in a 3–0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the courts have jurisdiction to consider whether the First Amendment prohibits ICE from targeting immigrants in retaliation for exercising their right to free speech, allowing Ragbir's case to proceed.
Case Information: Ragbir v. Homan, No. 1:18-CV-1159 (S.D.N.Y.), No. 18-1597 (2d Cir.).