Tell Microsoft to End Its Contract With ICE
The Trump administration’s cruel immigration policy isn’t limited to the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a constant machine of cages and despair for anyone who doesn’t fit Trump’s vision for a “great” White America.
We can’t imagine what’s next in this administration’s toxic plan, but companies like Microsoft can cut off the technology that makes it possible.
Microsoft has a $19.4-million contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the state police responsible for separating families and engaging in other despicable harms.
It’s ironic: Right now, you may be checking your email in Microsoft Exchange, and working on a document in Microsoft Word or Excel. You’ve heard Microsoft’s statement of opposition to zero tolerance at the border, and you think the company is a-OK.
In reality, the Microsoft you’ve known and used for decades is providing technology the company itself once described as “mission critical” to ICE operations.
The product is called Azure, and it’s enabled ICE to trap millions of immigrants in a web of family separation, indefinite detention and worse. A horrific new report indicates that detention guards have engaged in all kinds of racist, sexist, Islamophobic, homophobic and transphobic abuses.1
It’s time to demand better.
The calls are already ringing — from inside Microsoft’s own walls. Last week, more than 100 of the tech giant’s employees posted an open letter protesting their employer’s involvement with ICE.
This took courage and moral clarity, and now it’s up to us to help them.
Sign the petition to tell Microsoft and all tech companies: Stop helping the Trump administration violate basic human rights. Drop all contracts with ICE.
1. “Here Is Just Some of the Hateful Abuse Immigrants Face in Detention Centers,” The Nation, June 27, 2018: https://www.thenation.com/article/just-hateful-abuse-immigrants-face-detention-centers/