ICE is actively endangering public health in its single-minded focus to deport all undocumented people in the country. By continuing their raids, ICE agents throughout the country are actively violating public health orders to arrest people and shuffle them through the detention system.
Despite the agency’s announcement on Wednesday that it would prioritize “public safety risks” for arrest, deportations are still entirely at the discretion of individual ICE agents, who can continue targeting anyone without documentation.
Detention centers are not safe. People will be held in captivity in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions, denied adequate medical care, and subject to frequent exposure to the outside world as guards, food workers, and others shuffle in and out. The potential for an outbreak is vast.
This is criminal. Communities are demanding that ICE stop these raids and that people be released from detention.
ICE has ignored these demands, prioritizing their anti-immigrant crackdown above public safety.
At the same time, Palantir, Amazon, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, RELX, and other tech companies are continuing to provide software and data to ICE during this time. These companies make millions selling software and information to ICE — and they’ve done nothing to stop this support during the coronavirus pandemic.
We’re calling on every tech company that works with ICE to immediately halt its support for the agency at this time. The hundreds of contractors on which ICE relies can still put a halt to its operations.
Executive must answer the calls of communities across the country to stop enabling ICE’s raids during this time. Workers must organize and ensure that their work is not a party to a mounting crisis that will cost the lives of those in detention. The public must ensure that every tech company that works with ICE understands that this is not business as usual.
Silicon Valley can take a stand. Stop working for ICE immediately.