Judge rules illegals have constitutional right to ‘say goodbye’ to family

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January 30, 2018

Illegal immigrants snared by deportation officers have “the freedom to say goodbye” to their families, a federal judge in New York ruled Monday, ordering the government to release a prominent activist to his family.

Judge Katherine B. Forrest, whom President Obama appointed to the bench, said the government was following the law when it picked up Ravidath Lawrence Ragbir, the illegal immigrant. But she said “larger, more fundamental” rights were at stake.

“In sum, the court finds that when this country allowed petitioner to become a part of our community fabric, allowed him to build a life with and among us and to enjoy the liberties and freedom that come with that, it committed itself to allowance of an orderly departure when the time came,” she wrote. “By denying petitioner these rights, the government has acted wrongly.”

She becomes the latest federal district judge to delve deeply into immigration — an area Congress has said belongs to the separate immigration court system and to appellate judges, not district court judges.

Other cases are raging over deportations of Iraqis and Indonesians. Federal judges have taken unprecedented steps to stop deportations and rule on individual cases.

Judge Forrest said her ruling doesn’t mean Mr. Ragbir is safe from deportation.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Humble Servant says:

    I have a problem when a judge from this country talks about Constitutional rights of people that are not legal citizens of America. These people do not have any Constitutional rights to anything in this country. This being said we do have a moral right to treat them as human beings and the right thing to do is allow for a cordial family greeting before taking them out of the country. I wish the judges had been taught the difference between Constitutional rights and Moral rights. Ignorance to the law should cause a review of the judges status and removal from the bench. This should be a Constitutional right….

  • WALTER FLATT says:

    THIS JUDGE SHOULD BE RECALLED, HE DOES NOT HAVE THE BRAINS TO MAKE DEDISIONS THAT ARE LEGAL. I BET HE IS A MUSLIM AND IF HE IS, PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212, PASSED IN 1952 SHOULD BE ENFORCED. GOOGLE IT AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN.

  • Maxx says:

    People living in America Illegally (they got here by breaking our laws) have no right to our nations Constitutional rights…..Period. They should all be ferreted out and deported as soon as possible. In fact the US should offer “bounties” to citizens to turn them into ICE. This would speed up and greatly reduce the cost of finding them.

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