For months, protesters have been calling on employees with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement company to stop their jobs—however now that they’ve truly launched a service to assist them do this, federal immigration employees seem like listening.
Earlier this week, Newsweek reported that immigration advocacy group Never Again Action Atlanta has launched a free and nameless profession help service to assist ICE employees seeking to go away the embattled company.
The Never Again Action group, which was organized by Jewish group members within the U.S. decided to “never let anything like the Holocaust happen again,” launched the job help website forward of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, calling for a “mass exodus and atonement” for ICE employees.
While that “mass exodus” didn’t come, Never Again Action Atlanta organizer Emily Baselt instructed Newsweek on Thursday that she was nonetheless “floored by the response” to the initiative, with not less than 5 ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection company employees coming ahead to ask for assist quitting their jobs.
Initially, organizers thought that requests for help could be restricted to Atlanta, however they have been shocked to search out that the 5 requests they acquired got here from exterior the Georgia metropolis, with ICE and CBP officers approaching the group from cities throughout the nation.
One of the employees who approached the group, Baselt mentioned, was a longtime Border Patrol agent looking for to half methods with the company, whereas one other labored in an ICE administrative position.
Because the service ensures employees’ anonymity, Baselt couldn’t share particulars of the employees who’ve come ahead. However, she mentioned each “seem like they really want to get out.”
In addition to ICE and CBP employees coming ahead, the Never Again Action organizer mentioned her group has additionally been flooded with purposes from folks looking for to take part within the initiative.
“We’ve had management consultants and people who write resumes for a living reach out and say, ‘Hey, if I can help now let me know,'” Baselt mentioned. “We’ve been a little floored by the response.”
ICE has been much less happy, nonetheless, by the initiative, with ICE Acting Press Secretary Bryan Cox beforehand telling Newsweek that any try at “demonizing career law enforcement officials” was “disgraceful.”
“The men and women of ICE are public servants who faithfully execute federal law as passed by Congress,” Cox mentioned.
“ICE holds its personnel to the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior, and ICE employees will continue to carry out their duties professionally regardless of irresponsible rhetoric that needlessly spreads fear and misinformation that does a disservice to the communities these groups claim to represent,” mentioned the ICE spokesperson.
Responding to Cox’s assertion, the Never Again Action Atlanta group defended its initiative, asserting in a press release printed on-line that what actually “demonizes law enforcement officials is a system that forces them to sacrifice their humanity and become actors in atrocities against their neighbors.”
“Our strategy of asking law enforcement officials to listen to their consciences is such a threat to ICE that the agency felt the need to publicly, and angrily, respond,” the group mentioned.
“Mr. Cox accuses us of a disservice to our community. We act from our most deeply held Jewish values, as affirmed by the Torah, tradition, and our collective memory,” Never Again Action Atlanta continued. “The commitment to the dignity of human life is more important than any man-made law, and protecting the dignity of the immigrant is at the center of our religious life and history as a people.”
Responding to Cox’s “claims the men and women of ICE are simply executing federal law,” the group mentioned: “History tells us that ‘I was just following orders’ is neither an acceptable defence nor a good excuse.”
“The people who work for ICE should never have been asked to violate their consciences in the first place,” Never Again Action Atlanta mentioned. “We hope they hear our message that we are here to help get them out. And we hope Mr. Cox understands that our offer of help to find a new and better job applies to him, as well.”
Newsweek has contacted Cox for touch upon Never Again Action Atlanta’s response to his assertion.