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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Students from across Chicago took to the streets demanding the removal of police from schools and universities.

Thousands gathered in downtown Chicago near State Street and Jackson Boulevard Saturday night, sometimes blocking entire intersections.

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The group, called "Students Strike Back," is also calling for colleges and universities to refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In early July, ICE announces students on visas must leave US or transfer to another college if their schools go online-only. It creates an urgent dilemma for thousands of international students who became stranded in the U.S. last spring after the coronavirus forced their schools to move online. Those attending schools that are staying online must "depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction," according to the guidance.

They also say they are marching for more medical and mental health resources in their communities.

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The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Biden Orders Assessment of Domestic Extremism Risk, White House Says

Reuters January 22, 2021 0 Comments

President Joe Biden has directed his administration to conduct a full assessment of the risk of domestic terrorism in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the White House said on Friday.

The assessment will be carried out by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in coordination with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

“We want fact-based analysis, upon which we can shape policy,” Psaki told reporters in a briefing.

Psaki said that, in addition to the threat assessment, the White House would build out capability within its National Security Council to counter domestic violent extremism, including a policy review on how the federal government can share information about the threat better.

The White House also will coordinate relevant parts of the government to “enhance and accelerate efforts” to address the issue, Psaki added.

“The January 6th assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: the rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat. The Biden administration will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve,” Psaki said.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Avril Haines as the Director of National Intelligence, the nation’s top intelligence job.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose, Jeff Mason and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Will Dunham and Chris Reese)

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