ICE Workers Offered Career Support Service If They Leave Agency, Activists Say One Agent Has Already Come Forward

An immigration advocacy group has launched a new website offering U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement workers seeking to leave the embattled agency free and anonymous career support.

According to Never Again Action, the immigration advocacy group that launched the service, at least one ICE agent has already come forward to ask for help quitting their job and finding a new one.

“We’ve already had one ICE agent reach out to us,” the group, which was organized by Jewish community members in the U.S. determined to “never let anything like the Holocaust happen again,” said in a tweet on Monday.

We’ve already had one ICE agent reach out to us and ask for help quitting their job. We are calling for a mass exodus & atonement as we approach Yom Kippur.

Our help is free and it is confidential. QUIT YOUR JOBS, stand with us. https://t.co/IZ7MuULhPI

— ✡️ Never Again Action ✡️ (@NeverAgainActn) October 7, 2019

The Never Again Action group’s Atlanta branch launched the website, saying it wanted to put out the call for a “mass exodus and atonement” for ICE workers “as we approach Yom Kippur.”

With the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, taking place on Tuesday, the group said it was the perfect time for ICE workers to “quit your jobs.”

The organization also appears to be making good on its word to help agents do just that, setting up a career support website that will match ICE workers with a “qualified career adviser.”

Branding the U.S.’s treatment of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees an “atrocity,” the website tells ICE workers: “You don’t have to work for ICE. We will help you find a better job.”

“You don’t have to be complicit in the atrocities happening at our nation’s border and within our immigration system,” it states.

BY CHANTAL DA SILVA for NEWSWEEK
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