On Jan. 29, a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan ordered the release of Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights activist. The judge ruled Ragbir’s Jan. 11 detention “unconstitutional and cruel”. Judge Katherine B. Forrest says the activist should have been entitled to “the freedom to say goodbye”.

Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell Law School, called the decision “groundbreaking.” He said, “It holds that the Constitution requires the government to give people subject to a final deportation order time to arrange their affairs.”

But Mr. Yale-Loehr cautioned: “Today’s decision was long on rhetoric and short on careful legal analysis. I worry that a higher court may reverse.”

The full article is here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/nyregion/judge-released-immigrant-ragbir.html