Renowned research institution Johns Hopkins University (JHS) is facing fire from its own professors who demand that the university dissolve its ties with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
A group of JHS professors banded together to craft a letter petitioning the university’s president, Ronald Daniels, to dissolve the partnership between the university and ICE.
“Over the past two years ICE has imposed a brutal policy of raids, deportations and family separations of immigrants, some of whom are apprehended at the border, some of whom have lived peaceably here in our country for decades before being stripped of their rights and ripped from their families and communities,” the professors wrote in their petition. The letter goes on to liken ICE holding facilities to Holocaust concentration camps. (RELATED: Crazy ICE Protester Scales Statue Of Liberty, Forces Tourists To Evacuate)
Johns Hopkins University has two partnerships with ICE, the”JHU-ICE Fellows Program” and the “JHU-ICE MS in Management Cohort Program.”
A university spokesman defended the programs, maintaining that the institution has had longstanding ties with federal enforcement agencies that provide educational resources to students and federal employees. “Johns Hopkins University faculty have longstanding service contracts with federal law enforcement agencies to provide education, training, and medical expertise,” A JHS spokesman told Campus Reform.
“The School of Education’s Division of Public Safety Leadership has taught leadership and management courses and workshops to employees of police departments, law enforcement agencies and other public safety organizations at the local, state and federal levels for more than 20 years,” the spokesperson continued.
“We have around 900 signatures so far!” Johns Hopkins English professor Drew Daniel tweeted Sunday, Campus Reform reported. He claims to have access to the petition signatures.
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