Two employees that The Hill spoke with on Wednesday said that they intend to take further action following CEO Satya Nadella's all-staff email to employees on Tuesday night about the company's $19.4 million ICE contract. Even Microsoft's chief executive officer (CEO) Satya Nadella also condemned the move, that too quite harshly.
Employees at Google, Apple, and Facebook have in the past few days circulated memos asking their coworkers to donate to nonprofit groups supporting immigrant families.
The public outcry over the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the USA border is spilling over to Microsoft, which has a contract with federal immigration authorities. He reiterated the company's advocacy for the policy to end, and linked to a post from Microsoft President Brad Smith calling for immigration reform.
After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero-tolerance" policy in dealing with migrants who cross into the USA illegally, approximately 2,300 children were separated from their families since early May.
Federal agencies involved with immigration have been under particularly heavy scrutiny recently as more aggressive policies have been implemented at the direction of the Trump administration, like confining kids in cages, separating kids from their families, and deporting parents before their kids have been released from confinement. The ICE is now under fire from both sides of the political spectrum for separating migrant parents from their children at the United States-Mexico border.
"I consider myself a product of two unbelievable and uniquely American things - American technology reaching me where I was growing up that allowed me to dream the dream and an enlightened immigration policy that then allowed me to live that dream".
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland was closed Wednesday as protests over President Trump's immigration policies continued. "My story would not have been possible anywhere else", he added.
He said the company will continue to discuss the issues internally and with external stakeholders. We will always stand for immigration policies that preserve every person's dignity and human rights.
"We are part of a growing movement, comprised of many across the industry who recognize the grave responsibility that those creating powerful technology have to ensure what they build is used for good, and not for harm", the letter stated. As a company Microsoft has worked for over 20 years to combine technology with the rule of law to ensure that children who are refugees and immigrants can remain with their parents.