Northeastern University faces student backlash over ICE contract
Boston, MA: 7.23.2018 By Christian Triunfo, Huntington News. Student activists are currently pressuring the NU administration to end a $7.8 million contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a government agency that is facing significant criticism from the public after President Donald J. Trump’s immigration crackdown and family separation policy.
“Northeastern is directly helping the organization that is tearing families apart,” said third year journalism major Michelle Faulkner, who attended a sign-making event in preparation for a protest against the university.
The contract between the university, which studies dual-use technologies, and the agency, also known as ICE, was first made public in a Money magazine article June 27 listing different organizations doing business with the agency. Less than two weeks after the article was published, a petition asking the university to cut all ties with ICE went viral. The idea came from Evan Greer, a local activist and musician, who said she couldn’t believe this was happening so close to home.
“I ride my bike by Northeastern every day,” Greer said. “I couldn’t believe they have a contract with ICE. I felt like I had to do something.”
At press time, more than 2,000 students, alumni and community members had signed the petition.
Additionally, student activists led a protest against ICE Wednesday on Krentzman Quadrangle. According to the Facebook event for the protest, over 200 students marched their way through the quad, chanting, “ICE has got to go.”
The protest happened to coincide with an email that the Trump campaign sent out to supporters, accusing liberals of seeking open borders. “Not a chance!” the email said. “So long as I’m your President, ICE WILL ALWAYS DEFEND OUR COUNTRY!”
According to the contract details, the university has only been awarded $2.7 million as of July, but the contract has a potential amount of nearly $7.8 million and focuses on…