Durbin Statement On Creation Of ICE "Citizens Academy" Pilot Program In Chicago

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, today released the following statement in regards to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) plans to launch an Enforcement and Removals Office (ERO) “Citizens Academy” in Chicago, Illinois, where members of the community can learn about “defensive tactics, firearms familiarization and targeted arrests”:

“ICE should abandon its deeply flawed plan to launch a ‘Chicago Citizens Academy’ in the midst of a global pandemic.  The Trump Administration’s mass deportation agenda has created widespread fear in our immigrant communities.  This problem cannot be fixed by a tone-deaf public-relations effort.”