Johns Hopkins University is standing firm in its ongoing commitment to train Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents despite protest from its student population.
Last Wednesday, JHU students protested the university’s continued ties with ICE by walking out of class (of course) and demanding the school stop its programs to help the agency. The university has, for years, contracted with ICE to train agents mainly through its medical school. Students have now staged four such protests, according to Campus Reform. . .
Student protesters circulated a petition created last July by associate professor Drew Daniel to demand JHU stop supporting ICE through its training programs. The protest gained more than 2,000 signatures, but failed to sway the school’s administration. . .
JHU President Ronald Daniels refused to give in to the protesters’ demands. Karen Lancaster, assistant vice president for external relations, told Campus Reform that “Johns Hopkins University respects and appreciates student and faculty efforts to engage in dialogue and debate on significant national policy issues, including the current discussion on immigration topics.” . . .
In a statement to WJZ-TV, a university spokesperson said the “specialized training and leadership programs with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have no relationship to the enforcement of immigration policies by the current or any other administration.” (Read more from “University Actually Puts Student Protesters in Their Place After Demands to Cut Ties With ICE” HERE)