The head of U.S. immigration and border patrol has hit back at Google employees who are petitioning for the tech giant to stop working with them over human rights violations.
‘That kind of rhetoric frustrating. It’s absolutely irresponsible, it’s misinformed, it’s not factual and a lot of it is just straight out lies.’ U.S Border and Custom Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Saturday of the petition.
Morgan visited a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, Thursday and told Fox & Friends: ‘Let me tell the American people what the truth is. I just returned from El Paso…and what the truth is … they’re going to see that these families and children are receiving hot meals.
‘You’re going to see children set in front of flat-screen TV’s, watching cartoons. They’re getting medical attention. That’s the truth. This kind of rhetoric is irresponsible, reckless and a lie.’
U.S Border and Custom Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan called Google employees’ petition to stop working with ICE irresponsible, reckless and a lie
Wednesday’s petition compares assisting border enforcement to aiding the Nazis in the Holocaust
Morgan’s remarks came in response to an angry petition made public Wednesday by Google employees that demanded that the company not provide any services to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
At least 950 Google employees signed the petition demanding that the tech giant publicly commit to refuse any contracts with the immigration and border enforcement agencies.
‘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,’ the petition read.
‘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,’ it continued.
A Google spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com
Google is a major cloud computing provider, with competitors including Amazon and Microsoft, and has sought to expand its government contacts in recent years.
The petition cites reports that CBP is preparing to request bids on a massive cloud computing contract, and goes on to demand that Google not participate in the bidding.
It also compares assisting border enforcement agencies to ‘working with the Nazis during the Holocaust.’
Morgan (left) visited a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, Thursday and said ‘These families and children are receiving hot meals. That’s the truth’
A petition signed by at least 950 Google employees demands the company refuse to provide any services to ICE and Border Patrol
The petition claims that ICE and CBP are in ‘grave violation of international human rights law’ and that working with those agencies would threaten Google’s ‘diverse, inclusive, and psychologically safe workplace.’
Critics of the Trump administration have lambasted unsanitary and crowded conditions in facilities used to detain and process people who cross the border illegally.
The administration’s defenders say that the system is overwhelmed by a massive influx of illegal migrants, and that agencies are coping as best they can within limited budgets.
Last month, CBP reported more than 82,000 people crossed the border illegally or were deemed inadmissible at ports of entry, more than double the number from the same period a year ago.
A chart shows border apprehensions for this year in red, as well as for the past five years
Google is not the first company to face similar demands from employees. Last month, Amazon employees were in revolt over their company’s sale of services to a data mining company that works with ICE.
An internal email circulated at Amazon demanding Amazon drop Palantir as an Amazon Web Services customer.
It is also the latest in a long line of employee protests at Google, which a recent report indicated is being increasingly held hostage by its ‘woke’ workforce.
Google last year dropped out of the bidding for a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion after a protest by employees urging the company to stay out of the business of war.
Google employees have also challenged the company on issues including sexual harassment in the workplace and the potential tailoring of a version of its online search engine for use on China’s heavily censored internet.
Full text of Google employee petition to halt work with CBP
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is currently engaged in human rights abuses at the US Southern border. Together with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is presently responsible for the housing of migrant children, 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.
In January of 2017 thousands of Googlers, including our executives, joined together to protest the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban. This was the right thing to do and we are proud to work at a place that reflects these values.
It has recently come to light that CBP is gearing up 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. It’s time to stand together again and state clearly that we will not work on any such contract. 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.
Google has repeatedly advertised its commitments to implementing ethical guardrails on its tech. Google’s AI Principles state that Google will not build technologies ‘whose purpose contravenes widely accepted principles of international law and human rights.’ By any interpretation, CBP and ICE are in grave violation of international human rights law. The company has also pledged to create a diverse, inclusive, and psychologically safe workplace for all its workers, including immigrants and Latinx people — the very populations whose communities, families, and friends are being terrorized by CBP and ICE.
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.
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.
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