Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE


San Francisco: Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies. It’s the latest pushback from the tech giant’s workforce.

A group of employees posted a petition publicly urging the company not to bid on a cloud computing contract for CBP. Google has not commented. More than 700 Google employees had signed the petition by Tuesday afternoon.

Citing a “system of abuse” and “malign neglect” by the agencies, the petition demands Google not provide any technical services to CBP, ICE or the Office of Refugee Resettlement until the agencies “stop engaging in human rights abuses.”

Google employees have led a growing trend in which some tech workers take public stands against their employers’ policies.