Google Staff don’t Want It to work with US Border Agencies

More than 350 Google employees have written an open letter to the company, demanding Google does not work with the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) because of its treatment of migrants at the country’s southern border.

In a Published petition, Google employees are also demanding 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.

“[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,” the letter, which lists all the employees who signed it, continues.

“These abuses are illegal under international human rights law, and immoral by any standard.”

Google has seen an uptick in employee activism during the last two years as their services become an integral part of civic infrastructure.

In 2017, shortly after US Presiden Donald Trump instituted the Muslim ban, thousands of Google employees protested the decision.

Earlier this year, Google’s plans to build a custom highly censored search engine for the Chinese government, called Project Dragonfly.

Several Google employees wrote a letter about that plan, claiming they no longer believed Google is “a company willing to place its values over profits” and expressing concern over the Chinese government tracking dissidents through search data and suppressing truth through content restrictions.

Google is one of the biggest cloud computing providers in the world.

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