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US Activists Entice ICE Agents to Quit by Finding Them New Jobs

01:50  09 october  2019
01:50  09 october  2019 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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ICE agents are being offered career support by an immigration advocacy group if they agree to leave the agency . Smith Collection/Gado/Getty. 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."

Protesters at ICE facilities sometimes chant “quit your job” at agents outside the lockups. Now an activist group is taking the message further: they’ll help ICE agents quit and find new jobs.

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Since its launch this summer, the immigrant-rights group Never Again Action has held regular protests outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities. There have been confrontational encounters with agents, but also conversations that left activists wondering whether ICE employees might abandon the agency.

On Monday, Never Again Action’s Atlanta branch put that question to the test with a career services program for ICE agents who wanted to quit. Within 24 hours, two immigration employees had asked for help leaving their roles, the organization says.

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She’s encouraging ICE agents to wake up and quit their jobs , because they ’re actually doing Satan’s work, obvi. Damn straight why do needs ice anyway! Never mind last year ICE agents rescued 518 human trafficking victims and 904 children subjected to exploitation!

Emily Baselt, an organizer with Never Again Atlanta, began considering the program in July, after a protest outside ICE’s Atlanta field office.

“A lot of the protesters were chanting ‘quit your job,’” Baselt told The Daily Beast. “I saw an interaction between one protester and a relatively young DHS [Department of Homeland Security] agent who was standing outside the building [...] The protester was asking him whether he was okay with what was happening at the border, if he was okay with kids in cages.”

The agent seemed conflicted, she said. “I could tell he was kind of wrestling with this a little bit.”

Morale in U.S. immigration agencies is reportedly low and sinking, likely a side effect of the Trump administration’s aggressive policies. Though Trump signed an order purporting to end a policy of family separations at the border last year, the separations reportedly continue under a loophole. The recent deaths of at least seven children in Customs and Border Patrol centers highlighted inhumane conditions, and an August ICE raid on Mississippi chicken factories became the largest workplace mass arrest in at least a decade.

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An NYU study found that ICE has routinely denied bail to detainees, having done so in approximately 80 percent of cases from 2005 to 2010. Her message for ICE agents is clear: “Consider what orders you’re actually executing. And whether or not it is morally and ethically justifiable for you to do them .

ICE consists of three directorates to accomplish the agency ’s mission, including Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal ICE 's primary mission is to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border

In the CBP, which is a separate agency from ICE, plunging morale has reportedly contributed to an outbreak of officer suicides.

“My continuing thought has been that this level of activity combined with the disastrous policy of wholesale separating children from parents has a very negative impact on CBP personnel. They did not join to take a 2-year-old from his mother,” former CBP commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told Quartz in July.

Baselt said she is sure some people became ICE agents joined because they supported the agency’s mission. But she wondered whether other agents were eyeing the exits.

“I spent a lot of time thinking about the fact that it’s easy to say ‘quit your job’ but it’s not always easy to walk out like that,” she said.

She and other Atlanta activists were inspired by the career services departments at universities, and wondered whether they could also provide career guidance for disillusioned ICE agents. On Monday, the Atlanta group launched a website that matches ICE agents with confidential career advisers, and held a demonstration advertising the website outside the Atlanta ICE field office. The launch date also had religious significance for Never Again Action, a Jewish-led group, since it went live the day before Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.

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Prior to this new job assistance initiative, Never Again Action organized national protests primarily at immigrant detention centers. From chanting outside of detention centers to using the power of the internet to provide job support, Never Again Atlanta intends on stopping ICE one worker at a time.

The launch went viral on Twitter—mostly to a positive reception, although it caught some flak from the left. “We’ve had a couple people criticize it, saying that if they want to quit, they should just quit,” Baselt said.

But for at least two fed-up agents, the campaign was a welcome one. “Within maybe three hours of launching, we got our first request from a conscientious objector who wants help defecting,” Baselt said on Tuesday.

Although the campaign launched in Atlanta, both agents who asked for help changing careers worked elsewhere in the U.S., she added.

“Based on the two people who reached out to us, there are definitely people there who don’t want to be there,” Baselt added. “The defector who came in overnight is a Customs and Border Patrol agent who has been there for many years. The comment that person left was something like ‘I’m drowning in this place.’”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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