End U of I's Complicity in the Racist War on Immigrants!

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Last December, 7-year-old Jakelin Caan Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo, indigenous migrants from Mexico, died in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol. They are among thousands who have suffered abuse and death at the hands of the US's racist immigration policies. A recent report based on comprehensive Freedom of Information Act requests showed institutional and systematic abuse of children in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection, including sexual abuse and denial of adequate food and medical care. These abuses were tolerated, not investigated, and not prosecuted.[1]

The Border Patrol itself admits almost 7000 people have died trying at the US-Mexico border, with the real number almost certainly being much higher.[2] These deaths are a direct result of the recent militarization of the border, which force migrants to make dangerous journeys across desert.[3] CBP agents routinely chase migrants into taking more dangerous paths and vandalize humanitarian aid, including water bottles.[4] 

Nevertheless, Handshake @ Illinois, the career services platform that thousands of Illinois students use to find jobs and internships, currently hosts multiple job postings at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).[5]  

In addition, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), led by UIUC, is funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the department in charge of ICE and Border Patrol. Its website claims "A significant focus of CIRI is on transitioning of research outputs for use by DHS operational components [and] other homeland security end users."[6] We demand to know exactly who in DHS is using this technology and that UIUC cease participation in any programs that facilitate the work of the U.S. Border Patrol, ICE, or any other DHS program implicated in human rights abuses. 

U of I should not allow a racist and abusive organization to recruit students. The University of Illinois Career Services and Student Affairs should stop hosting job postings for the Border Patrol and for all other agencies involved in the abuse of migrants. In addition, U of I should cease partnering with the DHS and providing research and technological support to these agencies. 

[1] https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/23/613907893/aclu-report-detained-immigrant-children-subjected-to-widespread-abuse-by-officia

[2] https://www.nnirr.org/drupal/stopping-migrant-deaths

[3] https://truthout.org/articles/borderland-deaths-of-migrants-quietly-reach-crisis-numbers/

[4]http://www.thedisappearedreport.org/reports.html

[5]For instance, https://ibb.co/XyrcMjW https://ibb.co/9gnxwCM

[6]https://iti.illinois.edu/research/energy-systems/critical-infrastructure-resilience-institute-ciri