Why Microsoft should ice its work for America’s toxic ICE

Employees are unhappy about the contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has become despised globally as a result of it separating children from their parents at the southern border

Google got into hot water with employees over working for the US Defence Department – it ended up calling time on the project.

Now it’s Microsoft’s turn to receive criticism over what it does as part of a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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More than 100 employees posted an open letter to the company’s internal message board on Tuesday, protesting about the work and asking for it to be stopped.

Staff complaints come in the wake of the outrage sparked by the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy that ICE is central to.

The policy refers all immigrants caught crossing the border without authorisation for criminal prosecution. One of the results is that more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents.

“We believe that Microsoft must take an ethical stand, and put children and families above profits,” said the letter, which was addressed to the company’s chief executive, Satya Nadella.

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