Sam Lavigne, an artist and game designer who is a professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, created a list of over 1,500 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees’ revealing their personal information which he shared on social media – and it was quickly snapped up by Antifa, a group Homeland Security have labelled domestic terrorists.
“I’ve downloaded and made available the profiles of (almost) everyone on LinkedIn who works for ICE, 1,595 people in total. While I don’t have a precise idea of what should be done with this data set, I leave it here with the hope that researchers, journalists, and activists will find it useful,” Lavigne said, in a now deleted post.
Though Lavigne’s list was removed by Github for violating their community guidelines, an internet archive of the database was still available for Antifa to gain access to personal information which included ICE employees names, the city they live in, and their role at ICE, according to Kyle Perisic of The Daily Caller.
“Law enforcement, and border patrol officers and agents specifically, have been under attack for enforcing President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance policy along the border, which has resulted in numerous families being separated when the parents were arrested for breaking the law,” Sandy Malone of The Maven said. “Despite the fact that the same laws and policies existed and were enforced under two prior presidential administrations, the current President and his ICE enforcement agents have been demonized and threatened.”
President Trump announced on Thursday he would issue an order to end family separation at the border, even though it reportedly violates a 1997 consent decree.
“We’re going to have strong — very strong — borders, but we are going to keep the families together,” President Trump said. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”