Immigration

Growing Up at the Intersection of Disabled and Immigrant

Thursday, February 16, 2017I am an immigrant with a disability. When I was five years old my parents decided to move our whole family from Mexico including five kids, two of whom have a disability, to the United States. My mother still talks…

Immigration proceeding unfair for individuals with mental illnesses

Tuesday, April 26, 2011A recent New England Law Review paper scrutinizes the legal system’s failure to provide due process rights for individuals with disabilities in immigration proceedings. About 84 percent of individuals do not receive counsel in immigration proceedings, a figure that is…

Study documenting torture in Mexican institutions used in immigration case

Thursday, April 14, 2011An Omak woman being held at Tacoma, Washington’s Northwest Detention Center is citing dangerous conditions at Mexican institutions as a legal defense in her deportation proceedings. The woman, who has bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety, is facing the likelihood of…

Judge rules in favor of representation for individuals with disabilities in deportation hearings

Friday, December 24, 2010Jose Antonio Franco-Gonzalez’s mental disabilities prevented him from learning to speak until he was age six or seven. He doesn’t know his birthday and is unable to recognize numbers or tell time. The son of lawful U.S. citizens, he also…

Man with disabilities wrongfully deported, files lawsuit

Friday, December 24, 2010The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and the ACLU of Georgia filed lawsuits October 13 on behalf of an individual with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses who was erroneously deported. In the summer of 2008, the individual…