Google employees wrote a letter Wednesday claiming that Google should not work with the United States Customs and Border Patrol, reported Aljazeera.
In their letter 365 employees of Google do not want their company to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The letter says that the three law enforcement agencies abuse human rights.
“We demand that Google publicly commit not to support CBP, ICE, or ORR with any infrastructure, funding, or engineering resources, directly or indirectly, until they stop engaging in human rights abuses,” reads the letter.
“[They] are caging and harming asylum seekers, separating children from parents, illegally detaining refugees and US citizens, and perpetrating a system of abuse and malign neglect that has led to the deaths of at least 7 children in detention camps. These abuses are illegal under international human rights law, and immoral by any standard.”
We won’t be complicit: #NoGCPforCBP
With this petition, we call on Google to publicly commit not to support CBP, ICE or ORR w/ any infrastructure, funding, or engineering resources, directly or indirectly, until they stop engaging in human rights abuses.https://t.co/8RITUXKJBq
— Googlers for Human Rights (@EthicalGooglers) August 14, 2019
The letter comes after CBP announcement that it was looking for a company for its computing needs and Google is the biggest one in the world.
“In working with CBP, ICE, or ORR, Google would be trading its integrity for a bit of profit, and joining a shameful lineage. We have only to look to IBM’s role working with the Nazis during the Holocaust to understand the role that technology can play in automating mass atrocity,” the letter adds.
“History is clear: the time to say NO is now. We refuse to be complicit. It is unconscionable that Google, or any other tech company, would support agencies engaged in caging and torturing vulnerable people. And we are not alone – the world is watching and the facts are clear. We stand with workers and advocates across the industry who are demanding that the tech industry refuse to provide the infrastructure for mass atrocity.”
Some of the Google employees have expressed an opinion that the company was placing profits over its values.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website