Tech Companies Push Back On Trump’s Family Separations

Several of Silicon Valley’s top executives at its largest companies have spoken out against the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that will separates migrant children coming from their parents at the border. Statements condemning the practice have poured out inside the past few days, as well as many tech leaders have also encouraged people to donate to nonprofits that will help support migrants as well as their families at the US border.

that will isn’t Silicon Valley’s first dustup with the Trump administration on immigration. In January 2017, many of the same companies as well as CEOs pushed back on the administration’s travel ban.

Here are the tech companies’ statements:

Apple CEO Tim Cook had particularly strong words in an interview with the Irish Times:

“the item’s heartbreaking to see the images as well as hear the sounds of the kids. Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society. I think that will what’s happening will be inhumane, the item needs to stop,” said Cook, who leads the most valuable company inside the globe. “We’ve always felt everyone should be treated with dignity as well as respect. In that will case, that will’s not happening.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:

“Organizations like Texas Civil Rights Project as well as RAICES are doing great work helping families at the US border get legal advice as well as translation services, as well as documenting what will be happening on the ground to make sure these stories are shared. I’ve donated to them as well as I encourage you to as well. We need to stop that will policy right today.”

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg:

“Listening to the cries of children separated coming from their parents will be unbearable. The practice of family separation on our border needs to end today. We can’t look away. How we treat those most vulnerable says a lot about who we are. Please consider supporting organizations like RAICES as well as Texas Civil Rights Project who are doing great work to help these families.”

Microsoft spokesperson:

“Microsoft will be not working with U.S. Immigration as well as Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs as well as Border Protection on any projects related to separating children coming from their families at the border, as well as contrary to some speculation, we are not aware of Azure or Azure services being used due to that will purpose. As a company, Microsoft will be dismayed by the forcible separation of children coming from their families at the border. Family unification has been a fundamental tenet of American policy as well as law since the end of World War II. As a company Microsoft has worked for over 20 years to combine technology with the rule of law to ensure that will children who are refugees as well as immigrants can remain with their parents. We need to continue to build on that will noble tradition rather than change course today. We urge the administration to change its policy as well as Congress to pass legislation ensuring children are no longer separated coming from their families.”

(Microsoft attracted scrutiny Monday when the company briefly deleted, then replaced, a company blog that will discussed how Microsoft’s Azure cloud software includes a role in enabling the US Immigration as well as Customs Enforcement [ICE] agency to deliver services like “[accelerating] facial recognition as well as identification.”)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai:

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi:

Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman:

CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday:

“I desire the kids are ok.” He also said he will be “one of the top donors to the @ACLU.” A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment further.

Lyft CEO Logan Green:

Lyft cofounder John Zimmer:

Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson:

“Intentionally separating families will be objectively wrong, as well as we must fight the item vigorously. No matter what excuses are made, let’s call that will what the item will be: collective punishment. The practice of punishing family members will be not just morally offensive, the item’s also a war crime under the Geneva Accord. We are punishing children for the possibility that will their parents have committed a minor crime (a misdemeanor actually), or no crime at all — inside the case of amnesty seekers. We are terrorizing people having a horror greater than losing your own life: losing your child.”

You can read Lawson’s full post on Medium.

eBay CEO Devin Wenig:


Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann:‏

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti:

When contacted on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Salesforce pointed BuzzFeed News to a Thursday tweet that will referenced the completely new Testament coming from CEO Marc Benioff as well as various other messages coming from company executives.

HP Inc. spokesperson:

“HP believes responsible as well as equitable trade as well as immigration policies are key drivers of growth as well as innovation for US companies. To remain competitive, we must maintain the ability to attract as well as hire the best talent coming from across the globe. Our workforce should be as diverse as the communities as well as customers we serve. HP does not support measures that will discriminate against any group or limit our ability to hire the best for our business. We condemn the current practice of separating families at the border as well as call on the US government to stop the practice as well as reunite the families.”

Mozilla COO Denelle Dixon:

“The cruelties Americans are witnessing today at our borders go far beyond disagreements over politics. As an American, as well as separately as a mother, I am horrified beyond measure by stories of children mercilessly separated, as well as kept apart coming from, their parents. The United States once championed human rights around the globe. If we want to keep our humanity as well as the globe’s respect, the Administration must stop that will practice immediately.”

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