01 February, 2021

My Dad Can Ride Amtrak—Thanks to Trump

I wonder if he knows?

Thanks to Trump DOJ, Amtrak no longer discriminates against the disabled | Power Line (powerlineblog.com)

It’s an article of faith among Democrats that the Trump administration did not enforce America’s civil rights laws. It’s also nonsense.

As I have demonstrated, under President Trump the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, led by Eric Dreiband, vigorously enforced federal civil rights laws on behalf of all groups protected by these laws. The evidence is here.

For example, the Obama administration wasn’t interested in taking action against Amtrak, even though that railroad failed to meet its obligation to provide proper access for the disabled to its stations. Under the law, Amtrak had until 2010 to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed in 1990. It failed to do so.

So in 2016 when a college student named Thomas Morgan, who uses a wheelchair, wanted to visit his family, he found that the Amtrak station in the town where he attended school was inaccessible. There was no wheelchair access. The only way to board the train was by stairs.

It was the Trump DOJ that finally acted to force Amtrak to comply with the ADA. Following an investigation, it filed suit against the company. As a result, Amtrak reached an agreement with the Justice Department to make stations accessible, as well as to provide training to staff on ADA requirements.

Thanks to that evil President Donald Trump (R-USA).

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