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December 02, 2019

Sign the petition: No Tech For ICE

type: Petition
by: Yair Oded

The Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrants, specifically undocumented ones, could not have been as expansive and harsh without the tech support of Silicon Valley.

From Amazon Web Services and Palantir to Microsoft and Dell, large tech companies are signing contracts worth tens of millions of dollars with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and grant the latter an enormous amount of data which is then used to aid in family separation, arrest and deportation campaigns.

Legal database providers, such as Lexis Nexis and Thomson Reuters, have also been selling vast amounts of data to ICE containing information the agency is not allowed to obtain on its own: credit data, cellphone registers, social media posts, etc. 

Mijente, a Latinx non-profit advocating for immigrants’ rights has teamed up with legal scholars and high tech workers and launched a petition calling to end the companies’ contracts with ICE.

Titled “No Tech For ICE”, the petition is part of Mijente’s broader campaign to expose companies collaborating with ICE, educating communities about how to defend themselves from criminalisation, taking direct action against companies doing business with ICE and demanding they terminate the contracts and mobilising tech workers and students to use their influence over the companies in the field. 

Please sign the petition and help end the multi-million dollar business of criminalising immigrants.  

Image: ellen w won't build tech for ICE (Twitter)