Google Employees Call for Pledge Not to Work with US Immigration Officers
On Wednesday, More then 365 Google employees called on the internet titan to avoid working for US immigration officials until they stop “engaging in human rights abuses.”
The letter, written by 365 Google employees and 35 supporters, also demands the company not work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), accusing all three agencies of human rights abuses.
Google is a major cloud computing provider. Its rivals in the market included Amazon and Microsoft.
A petition signed by more than 600 “Googlers” as of late afternoon was prompted by word that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was preparing to request bids on a massive cloud computing contract.
“The winning cloud provider will be streamlining CBP’s infrastructure and facilitating its human rights abuses,” a copy of the petition posted on medium.com said.
“It’s time to stand together again and state clearly that we will not work on any such contract.”
Google did not immediately reply.
The petition demanded that the Silicon Valley-based company publicly commit not to support Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and CBP.
By providing technology support to those agencies in the current climate, Google would be “trading its integrity for a bit of profit, and joining a shameful lineage,” the petition argued.
“History is clear: the time to say ‘NO’ is now,” the petition read.
“We refuse to be complicit.”
Those who signed the petition argued that it would be “unconscionable” for any tech company supporting those agencies given current practices at the US southern border.