Tell Congress to block funding for ICE citizen academy in Chicago


The Midwest office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Chicago recently announced intentions to host a Citizens Academy, a program designed to teach and train residents from several states about the work carried out by ICE against immigrants.

Invitees to the training were told that they would "participate in scenario-based training and exercises conducted in a safe and positive environment, including, but not limited to defensive tactics, firearms familiarization and targeted arrests." Tell your representatives in Congress to block all funding for these ICE trainings.

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Tell Congress to block funding for ICE citizen academy in Chicago
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Our federal government should not be encouraging volunteers to enforce immigration law in our communities. Recently, the Chicago office of ICE invited non-officers to attend a training where they would be taught “defensive tactics,” “firearms familiarization” and “targeted arrests.”

These programs must be stopped. A measure has been approved by the Appropriations Committee to block all funding for this misguided policy. I encourage you to support an effort to de-fund this training.

We know the real damage that ICE is doing in many communities. In our community we have seen the agency engage in racial profiling, targeting those who appear to be Latinx for enforcement and dividing families and making entire communities feel unsafe.

Please stop any funding going to these schemes that further harm our neighborhoods.


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