Several Los Angeles civil rights and community groups said Thursday they would not support a White House-led initiative aimed at dissuading U.S. citizens from going abroad to fight with groups like the Islamic State, criticizing the effort as “ill-conceived, ineffective and stigmatizing.”

Los Angeles was one of three cities chosen by the Obama administration in September for a pilot program as part of an initiative known as “Countering Violent Extremism.” Officials said the effort would seek to intervene in the lives of people who may be susceptible to recruitment from terrorist groups or those who had returned from fighting in Syria and Iraq.

A Department of Homeland Security coordinator was reaching out to schools, healthcare providers and community groups to get their help in monitoring and deterring potential recruits as part of the program, officials said at the time.

Thursday’s statement from some of the community groups that were part of the outreach efforts could complicate the administration’s implementation of the program.

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