FILE - In this July 11, 2018 file photo, students and community activists rally at Northeastern University in Boston demanding the school cancel a multimillion-dollar research contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Northeastern was hired by ICE to research U.S. technology exports. Several colleges with ties to ICE are being pressured to split with the agency amid uproar over the separation of migrant families along the nation's border. (AP Photo/Sarah Betancourt, File)

Colleges face petitions, protests to split with ICE

July 24, 2018 - 10:26 am

Colleges are being pressured to cut ties with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid public outcries over the separation of migrant families along the border.

Petitions and protests have demanded that school leaders end ICE contracts totaling $4 million at Northeastern University, Johns Hopkins University and the Vermont State Colleges System.

The schools say their work has nothing to do with ICE's role on the border, but some students and faculty say any tie amounts to a tacit endorsement.

Their efforts follow outrage over the forced separation of children, now stopped, under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy toward those who illegally cross the border.

Northeastern University was hired by ICE to research U.S. technology exports. Johns Hopkins and the Vermont State Colleges System provided a variety of professional training.

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