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CAIR Applauds JHU Decision to Not Renew ICE Contracts, Calls on Other Institutions of Higher Learning to Follow Suit

(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/24/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded news that the Johns Hopkins University will not renew its contracts with the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency after significant pressure from student groups.

SEE: Johns Hopkins Bows to Students Pressure, Ends Ties With ICE

“This positive development is testimony to the powerful advocacy of courageous student activists who risked their safety, education and freedom to lead the charge on this moral crisis,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “CAIR congratulates them on this victory, acknowledges administrators for making the right decision, and urges other colleges and universities that contract with ICE to demonstrate sound judgment and follow Johns Hopkins University’s lead on this issue.”


As the national debate erupted over family separation targeting undocumented communities several months ago, student-led groups at the Johns Hopkins University mobilized to demand campus administrators cut ties with the federal agency that has long been criticized for its unethical detention and deportation of immigrants. 

In the last decade, the institution has reportedly earned over $7 million from 30+ contracts with ICE, according to government spending data. Johns Hopkins has three contracts with the agency totaling nearly $2 million. The contracts are set to expire this year, and were under consideration for renewal.

SEE: Johns Hopkins not renewing contract under which medical school has trained ICE agents for emergencies

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062


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