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Chicago (US), Jul 13 (Canadian-Media): Chicago’s first ERO Citizens Academy for public, scheduled to begin Sept. 15, has been offered by the United States (US) Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported.
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Working closely with the Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other federal, state and local agencies to ensure personal health and safety during the academy, ERO Chicago would issue personal protective equipment to the participants, and expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Modeled after other law enforcement academies, including ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and local police departments, ERO plans, through the academy, to directly engage and educate the public about its mission .
“The academy is a natural progression from the outreach work we have already been doing with our community,” said ERO Chicago Field Office Director Robert Guadian in a news release. “This is an opportunity for the community to get to know our officers, understand our mission, and see firsthand how the agency enforces the federal immigration laws enacted by Congress.”
This interactive program would be a six-day program, occurring weekly for six weeks, and would enable participants to hear directly from ERO officers and learn about ICE policies and procedures.
ICE is also enabled by the Citizens Academy to vail of the opportunity to hear from participants, understand their perspectives and debunk myths.
The curriculum will include, but is not limited to, classroom instruction, visiting an immigration detention center, learning more about the health care provided by ICE to those in its custody, and examining ICE’s role to ensure dignity, respect and due process of an immigration case from start to finish.
Participants from a variety of stakeholder backgrounds are bing invited by the ICE, including community groups, state and local elected leaders, Congressional staff, consular officials, and business and religious leaders.
Due to the limitation of space, participants must commit to complete the entire course and pass a background check.
Interested applicants Are asked to email CommunityRelations.Chicago@ice.dhs.gov to receive an application. Applications must be received by Thursday, July 30.