Stop ICE’s Racist Citizen's Academy

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In July 2020, the Chicago Field Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced their blatant state-sponsored domestic terrorism program: the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Citizens Academy. They are yet again creating and encouraging a racist community based on violence and hatred. 

In the invitation letter from Field Office Director Robert Guadian, he states that "attendees will participate in scenario-based training and exercises ... including, but not limited to defensive tactics, firearms familiarization, and targeted arrests." This program attempts to turn citizens into agents of systemic racism and nationalism, and further normalizes hate crimes against immigrants. 

We must protect the immigrant community: they are our neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, and classmates. As the IFCLA stated, "this blatant endorsement of white supremacy coded in a false display of patriotism seeks to excuse racial profiling". 

The six-week program is set to begin September 15, 2020. Join us in ensuring that ICE cancels this program immediately! We can not allow this increased violence, hatred and xenophobia in our communities.

For further action, please visit The St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA). This link allows you to email ICE in Chicago and send a tweet to stop the Citizens Academy! 

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This is only one of the many reasons for why we must Abolish ICE. Please support that petition as well, it has not gained enough traction!!