ICE sued for violating immigrant activists' First Amendment rights

Ravi Ragbir. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein / Getty

Immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir, with the backing of several pro-immigration rights groups, is suing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a New York federal district court. He's claiming that ICE violated his First Amendment rights by detaining him based only on his vocal activism.

Why it matters: There's expected to be an increase in ICE raids over the next year, with the Trump administration making it clear they intend to strictly enforce immigration laws. Ragbir and his lawyers are asking for an injunction that would protect Ragbir from deportation, but also would prevent ICE officials from arresting, detaining or deporting undocumented immigrants based on their protected political speech.