De-ICE NCCU’s College Campus
De-ICE NCCU’s College Campus
To the Administration of North Carolina Central University :
We the undersigned, as students, and student organizations at North Carolina Central University, are writing to call your attention to our concerns about and discomfort with the presence of any department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on our campus for any purpose, including externship and employment recruitment fairs.
While we understand that there are subdivisions and departments within ICE, including Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations, and the Office of Professional Responsibility, and that not all deal with the removal of lawful or unlawful immigrants or non-immigrants in the United States, the presence of ICE on our campus has and continues to make students, faculty, clients, and visitors feel uncomfortable and unsafe. In 2017, ICE clarified that the sensitive locations memo is in effect but the agency still carries out enforcement activities still in the barred areas such as schools, hospitals, churches, funerals, weddings and public demonstrations. Since April 2018 there have been at least 27 deaths in ICE custody; there were more than 1,200 complaints of sexual abuse of individuals in immigration custody; and, most notably, has illegally performed forced hysterectomies. ICE has separated and continues to separate children from their parents on both the US-Mexico and US-Canadian borders, not to mention family separations within the US by the regular detainment and deportation practices of the Agency. ICE was only founded in 2003, but its legacy is one of pain, suffering, and racism. As the Eagle family, we want North Carolina Central University to be a safe space for the community, students, and staff who are undocumented, underdocumented, and on visas since they experience first hand the trauma ICE can cause.
North Carolina Central University is a leader in making sure that every student on campus needs are met. Which always have included making sure students have a sense of community while aiming to achieve their goals while attending and once graduated from North Carolina Central University. While we understand that ICE is a government agency, we as Eagle family cannot reconcile North Carolina Central University’s role with its practice of allowing ICE and other branches of the Department of Homeland Security onto campus to recruit students in their practice of abusing and detaining immigrants and citizens alike.
We deeply appreciate and value our school’s morals, integrity, and leadership. As such, we urge the administration of North Carolina Central University, particularly its externship office, to change its policy regarding its longstanding invitation to ICE for our externship fairs or any other future school event as well as any future arrangements they might hold around or on North Carolina Central Universities campus.
Members of the North Carolina Central University Community aka the Eagle Family