The week before Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a Lebanese-American group in Dearborn $500,000 as part of a government effort to counter violent extremism known as CVE. The department also gave Dearborn Police $51,000 as part of the program.
But the grants drew backlash from Arab-American and civil rights advocates who worried the money stereotyped Arab-Americans and Muslims and could be used for surveillance.
Now, the CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) program is back in Michigan again drawing controversy with a new effort through the National Governors Association, which announced earlier this year it has chosen Michigan as one of four states to create "policy academies" to monitor and counter violent extremism. The Department of Homeland Security gave the governor's association $500,000 for the program.