In 2007, on the heels of a controversial decision by New Haven's Board of Aldermen to grant municipal identification cards to all residents of New Haven (regardless of immigration status), Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conducted a series of immigration raids in New Haven, arresting dozens of Latino residents.
Since that day, students in Yale Law School's Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic have represented many of those arrested, filing Freedom of Information requests, federal and state lawsuits, and working on policy intervention in addition to representing those arrested in their immigration cases.
On February 14, 2012, the federal government agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit that arose from those raids. The landmark settlement will include a payment of $350,000 to 11 of those arrested in the raids and immigration relief for the plaintiffs.
In this video, Yale Law School Professors Michael Wishnie and Muneer Ahmad talk about the clinic's involvement representing those arrested beginning in 2007 and continuing through the settlement.