On July 13, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), announced its first ever Citizen’s Academy. It will take place in Chicago on September 15. Due to lack of information there were speculations about the program inviting participants to arrest immigrants. Based on ICE’s news release, “the goal is for participants to become familiar with how and why ICE carries out its mission.” For further clarification we spoke to Nicole, an ICE public affairs officer and she said, “I want to ensure you and your readers understand that the goal of the program is not to train the public to do the work of federal trained law enforcement officers. The goal is for participants to become familiar with how and why ICE carries out its mission. Modeled after other law enforcement academies, including ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and local police departments, ERO plans to directly engage and educate the public through the academy.” This is all the information we have at the moment. Any further details will be added when made available. If you have questions, feel free to send us message through our Instagram @Raise_theVoices.
Below you can find the full news release.