News of activist’s detention leads to NYC supporter arrests

NEW YORK: New York City police on Thursday arrested 18 people, including two councilmen, in protests over the detention of a prominent immigration activist.

The demonstrations outside a federal building in Manhattan were over the detention of Ravi Ragbir, a citizen of Trinidad who has been fighting deportation after a fraud conviction.

His lawyer, Alina Das, said Ragbir was handcuffed during a scheduled check-in with immigration officials.

A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rachael Yong Yow, said Ragbir will remain in custody until he is deported to Trinidad.