Stop border separation of families: United States tech giants

Image credit US Department of Homeland Security

Image credit US Department of Homeland Security

The tech company reiterated it was notworking with ICE or U.S. Customs and Border Protection "on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border", nor was Azure being used for that objective.

On Monday morning, a Microsoft employee temporarily removed a passage about ICE from the blog post, which included language that said Microsoft is "proud to support" the agency's work.

The Trump administration's moves to separate children from their parents at the U.S. border is a hot-button topic - hot enough that Microsoft got burned. On social media, critics called on Microsoft employees to demand that their employer drop the government contract. In it, the company expressed pride at working with the immigration agency.

The Donald Trump administration is drawing criticism for separating families with the children while it cracks down on illegal immigrants.

But for some employees, that first statement was not enough.

"The stories and images of families being separated at the border are gut-wrenching".

USA tech employees are often outspoken on political and human rights issues, including President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries and LGBT rights. That means standing with every immigrant who works at Microsoft and standing for change in the inhumane treatment of children at the USA border today.

His thoughts are being echoed by the company CEO Satya Nadella, who has written a post on LinkedIn. In addition, the company distanced its computer software and cloud services from ICE, which has been accused of taking hundreds of children away from their parents. The company later issued a statement, saying that Microsoft products are not being used specifically for the separation of families.

While keeping to the rather neutral tones of such canned statements, Microsoft made it clear that it's not in favour of separating immigrants from their children at U.S. borders. Any engagement with any government has been and will be guided by our ethics and principles. America is a nation of immigrants, and we're able to attract people from around the world to contribute to our economy, our communities and our companies.

In response to questions we want to be clear: Microsoft is not working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Protection on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border, and contrary to some speculation, we are not aware of Azure or Azure services being used for this objective.

In a Facebook post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said "we need to stop this policy right now", The Verge reported on Tuesday.

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