Watch: Protesters target Northeastern over $2.7 million ICE contract

Federal spending data show the school has received the sum from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the last two years.

The protest at Northeastern. Eva Maldonado / Facebook

BOSTON (AP) — Northeastern University students and community activists are demanding the school cancel a multimillion-dollar research contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Federal spending data show that Northeastern has received $2.7 million from ICE over the last two years.

Northeastern says the grant isn’t funding research that has anything to do with immigration enforcement. But opponents insist having any kind of contract with ICE is “irresponsible and immoral,” and they staged a campus protest Wednesday afternoon to press their case.

Amid the national uproar over immigrant arrests and detentions, nearly 2,000 students, faculty and alumni have signed an open letter demanding the contract be spiked immediately.

Johns Hopkins University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Vermont’s state colleges also got ICE grants this year.

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Posted by The Boston Globe on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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