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ICE Workers Offered Career Support Service If They Leave Agency, Activists Say One Agent Has Already Come Forward

An immigration advocacy group has launched a brand new web site providing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement staff searching for to depart the embattled company free and nameless profession assist.

According to Never Again Action, the immigration advocacy group that launched the service, a minimum of one ICE agent has already come ahead to ask for assist quitting their job and discovering a brand new one.

“We’ve already had one ICE agent reach out to us,” the group, which was organized by Jewish neighborhood members within the U.S. decided to “never let anything like the Holocaust happen again,” mentioned in a tweet on Monday.

We’ve already had one ICE agent attain out to us and ask for assist quitting their job. We are calling for a mass exodus & atonement as we strategy Yom Kippur.

Our assistance is free and it’s confidential. QUIT YOUR JOBS, stand with us. https://t.co/IZ7MuULhPI

— âœ¡ï¸ Never Again Action âœ¡ï¸ (@NeverAgainActn) October 7, 2019

The Never Again Action group’s Atlanta department launched the web site, saying it wished to place out the decision for a “mass exodus and atonement” for ICE staff “as we approach Yom Kippur.”

With the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the 12 months in Judaism, happening on Tuesday, the group mentioned it was the proper time for ICE staff to “quit your jobs.”

The group additionally seems to be making good on its phrase to assist brokers do exactly that, setting up a career support website that can match ICE staff with a “qualified career adviser.”

ICE Workers Offered Career Support Service If They Leave Agency, Activists Say One Agent Has Already Come Forward
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s particular agent put together to arrest undocumented staff at Fresh Mark, Salem, June 19, 2018. ICE brokers are being supplied profession assist by an immigration advocacy group if they comply with go away the company. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty

Branding the U.S.’s remedy of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees an “atrocity,” the web site tells ICE staff: “You don’t have to work for ICE. We will help you find a better job.”

“You don’t have to be complicit in the atrocities happening at our nation’s border and within our immigration system,” it states.

“We know quitting your job is not all the time straightforward, so we’re providing FREE and CONFIDENTIAL job search support so you could find a greater job,” the web site continues, earlier than outlining the way it will assist ICE staff change their profession paths.

“We will match you with a qualified career adviser who can help with your resume, cover letter, interview, or other aspects of job hunting and applying,” it states.

The chart beneath, offered by Statista, exhibits the states the place ICE detains essentially the most migrants.

ICE Workers Offered Career Support Service If They Leave Agency, Activists Say One Agent Has Already Come Forward

While it makes clear that organizers can not assure ICE staff a brand new job, their volunteer profession advisers are “dedicated to supporting you through the job hunting process so you can quit your ICE job quickly.”

“Our qualified career advisers have MBAs, professional career counseling, or professional recruiting experience,” the web site states. “Every adviser is dedicated to giving you the support you need to find a new, better job quickly.”

“We know it’s easy for protesters to chant ‘quit your job,’ but that it’s a lot easier said than done,” the web site states. “We know you have bills to pay, and might have family members relying on your salary or health benefits. That’s why we’re providing this free and confidential service: to help you find a new and better job, so you can quit your ICE job as quickly as possible.”

It is unclear whether or not any extra ICE staff have come ahead to ask Never Again Action for assist in leaving the embattled company.

Over the previous two years, ICE has come underneath worldwide scrutiny over its position in imposing the Trump administration’s hardline immigration insurance policies.

The company has repeatedly defended its work, nonetheless, refusing to name its focused enforcement operations, which have seen a whole bunch of immigrant staff arrested at a time, “raids,” whereas persevering with to assert that its focus is on arresting and detaining immigrants with prison histories, regardless of having set a document earlier this 12 months for the best variety of undocumented immigrants with no prison document arrested in a month since ICE started categorizing arrests in 2012.

Newsweek has contacted ICE and Never Again Action for remark for this text.

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