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Microsoft staff demand firm ends Border Patrol contract

Sun Online Desk     20th June, 2018 11:28:24 printer

Microsoft staff demand firm ends Border Patrol contract

 

An open letter signed by more than 100 Microsoft employees has called on the tech giant to stop its work with US Border Patrol.

 

The call comes as the Trump administration faces intense criticism over the separation of children from their families at the Mexican border.

 

The letter, posted on an internal message board and published by the New York Times, said the employees "refuse to be complicit”.

 

Microsoft has said its technology was not being used for "projects related to separating children from their families at the border”.

 

In a statement published before the employee letter surfaced, the company said: "Microsoft is dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border. Family unification has been a fundamental tenet of American policy and law since the end of World War II.”

 

However, the firm does have a $19.4m (£14.7m) contract with the US Immigration, Customs and Enforcement agency, known as ICE.

 

The signees of the letter to Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella demand the company ends this association with ICE, and "other clients who directly enable ICE”.

 

 “The stories and images of families being separated at the border are gut-wrenching,” wrote Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, on Twitter.

 

"Urging our government to work together to find a better, more humane way that is reflective of our values as a nation.”

 

Apple boss Tim Cook, speaking after an event in Ireland, told the Irish Times the situation was “inhumane”.

 

"It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids. Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society. I think that what’s happening is inhumane, it needs to stop.”

 

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said: "We need to stop this policy right now."

 

Source: BBC


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