President-elect Trump faces a wall of opposition from over 100 employees of technology companies, including Alphabet Inc’s Google, Twitter Inc, and Salesforce, who all vow not to assist Trump’s deportation plans which include building a data registry based on a religion.
The employees believe that Trump’s plans closely resemble the actions taken against Jews during the Holocaust, and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
On neveragain.tech, a mix of engineers, designers and business executives signed an open letter condemning Trump’s deportation rhetoric brought up during his campaign. The article reads, “We are choosing to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration’s proposed data collection policies.” The letter goes on say, “We refuse to build a database of people based on their Constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. We refuse to facilitate mass deportations of people the government believes to be undesirable.”
Those who have signed the letter have vowed not to help the U.S government by creating a database identifying those based on their race, religion, or national origin, as they believe this would be a misuse of data and would allow for illegal targeting of said groups.
Hoping Trump would soften on his pledges during the campaign, which unsettled many in the tech world, they believe their fears are now validated by Trump’s nominations of those who’ve shown their support for expanding government surveillance programs.
The release of this letter comes days before many technology companies plan to meet with the President-elect in New York City. According to a few tech sources, Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Larry Page, Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon.com Inc CEO Jeff Bezos and Oracle Corp CEO Safra Catz are all planning on attending the summit along with Trump’s transition team.
Trump’s transition team has yet to respond to requests for comment concerning this open letter.
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