WIRAC: Immigration Raids Target Disabled

The Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School sent a letter Tuesday serving notice to federal officials that many of the Central American refugees targeted in recent immigration raids are disabled, as that term is defined under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The letter was authored by clinic students and signed by more than 150 Civil Rights, Labor, and Faith Groups.

In the letter, the groups also demanded that federal agencies make reasonable accommodation for Central American refugee parents and children with trauma-related disabilities. The notice asks that the government suspend ongoing raids pending a review to determine whether the asylum and immigration proceedings that led to these families’ removal orders complied with federal disability law.