“We’re all really frustrated that Hopkins has failed to take our demands seriously”
Students at Johns Hopkins University staged a walkout this week to protest the school’s ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
ICE has become an object of rage for many campus leftists who view it as a symbol of Trump immigration policy.
Rick Ritter reports at CBS News in Baltimore:
Hopkins Students Stage Walkout, Call To Cut Ties With ICE
In a call for change, hundreds of Johns Hopkins students staged a walkout Wednesday urging the University to cut its contractual ties with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency [ICE].
The walkout comes in the midst of a national debate over immigration under the Trump administration.
Over the years, Johns Hopkins has had several contracts with ICE.
These ties were mainly with the medical school to provide medical training and leadership education for the agency…
Wednesday’s walkout started small but quickly grew to hundreds of students delivering their message.
But students say the walkout was the tip of the iceberg.
Students had started a petition and gained 2,000 signatures trying to force Johns Hopkins University to cut its contractual ties with ICE.
They feel as though they had been ignored by the University.
“We’re all really frustrated that Hopkins has failed to take our demands seriously,” Samantha Agarwal, a graduate student, said.
Here’s a video report on the protest:
To their credit, the administration at Johns Hopkins is not bowing to the pressure.
Jesse Stiller reports at Campus Reform:
MIC DROP: Johns Hopkins completely shuts down students demanding it cut ties with ICE
The student body at Johns Hopkins first organized a petition over the summer in response to reports of ICE’s practices of separating children from their parents at the border. The petition called on JHU President Ronald Daniels to sever ties with the agency.
“ICE is now currently responsible for the fabrication and maintenance of facilities across the country which have been described by scholars of the Holocaust as meeting the conditions considered definitive of concentration camps: indefinite detention without trial on the basis of identity,” the petition reads, in part.
The petition has reportedly garnered over 2,000 signatures. Daniels, however, rejected the petition.
“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.” Johns Hopkins Assistant Vice President for External Relations Karen Lancaster told Campus Reform…
“We believe that these programs serve the public interest by providing quality education and emergency medical training that ultimately benefit those who interact with the agency.” Lancaster reaffirmed to Campus Reform, while also reiterating that the programs were not in any way influenced by decisions of the Trump administration or Department of Homeland Security.
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