Google employees call for pledge not to work with US immigration officials

Hundreds of Google employees are asking the company to promise that it will not work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. UU. Or the Immigration and Customs Control Service. It is the last in a year full of political and social setbacks in the workforce of the tech giant.

A group of employees called Googlers for Human Rights published a public petition urging the company not to bid for a cloud computing contract for CBP, the federal agency that oversees the application of the law at the country’s borders. Tenders for the contract were due on August 1. It is not clear if Google expressed interest. The company did not return a request for comment.

More than 700 Google employees had signed the petition Tuesday afternoon. Citing a “system of abuse” and “malignant negligence” by the agencies, the petition requires that Google not provide any technical service to CBP, ICE or the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which provides services for refugees, up to that the agencies “stop” participating in human rights abuses. ”

“By working with CBP, ICE or ORR, Google would change its integrity for a bit of benefit and join a shameful lineage,” the organizers wrote. They cited federal actions that separated migrant children from parents and established detention centers with poor conditions.

Google employees have led a growing trend in which some employees of technology companies have taken public positions against the policies of their employers. Thousands of Google employees left last fall to protest the company’s handling of inappropriate sexual behavior claims. Employees also protested a Pentagon contract last year for work that used artificial intelligence technology to analyze drone images.

Google employees have led a growing trend in which some employees of technology companies have taken public positions against the policies of their employers. Thousands of Google employees left last fall to protest the company’s handling of inappropriate sexual behavior claims. Employees also protested a Pentagon contract last year for work that used artificial intelligence technology to analyze drone images.

The protests have achieved some success. After the strike, Google announced new patterns of inappropriate sexual behavior, although some employees say they don’t go far enough. And the company did not renew the contract with the Pentagon after a major setback.

Responding to the pressures of some employees has added fuel to the claims of Republican experts and legislators that the company is building its products to be partial against conservatives, an unfounded claim that has generated multiple hearings in Congress, although none that has produced evidence of bias.

The protests have attributed some success. After the strike, Google announced new patterns of inappropriate sexual behavior, although some employees say they don’t go far enough. And the company did not renew the contract with the Pentagon after a major setback.

Responding to the pressures of some employees has added fuel to the claims of Republican experts and legislators that the company is building its products to be partial against conservatives, an unfounded claim that has generated multiple hearings in Congress, although none that has produced evidence of bias.

Google was criticized by President Donald Trump last week when the president tweeted that he was “watching Google closely” after a former employee said on Fox News, without evidence, that the company would try to influence the 2020 elections against Trump.

Google has denied claims of political bias in its popular search service and other products.

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