• CEOs v. Border Separations, Dow Boots GE, Starbucks Closings: CEO Daily for June 20, 2018

    1 month ago - By Fortune

    Good morning.
    The business community yesterday found itself once again in a public fight with President Trump.
    The latest trigger was the escalating controversy over the administration's "zero tolerance" position on illegal border crossings, which has led nearly 2,000 children to be separated from their parents at the border. The political brouhaha engulfed Microsoft when a blog post resurfaced from January in which the company said it was "proud" of its work with ICE to help "utilize deep learning capabilities to accelerate facial recognition and identification." That prompted a storm of...
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  • CEO Satya Nadella Says He's Against Family Separation But Isn't Ending Microsoft ‘s ICE Contract

    1 month ago - By Fortune

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is doubling down on his company's work with the Trump administration's immigration enforcers.
    On Tuesday, the company said it was "dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border" after a blog post about its contract with ICE resurfaced. But the statement was not enough to assuage the concerns of Microsoft msft employees, and more than 100 signed an open letter demanding that the company cancel its multi-million dollar contact with the immigration agency.
    Nadella shared his own views on the subject in a company-wide email...
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  • Immigration lawyer recounts a conversation with Obama over the border crisis that 'shook him to his core'

    Immigration lawyer recounts a conversation with Obama over the border crisis that 'shook him to his core'

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    A lawyer who works with immigrant communities in the southern US argued that the current fallout over the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy is an extension of practices carried out by the Obama administration.
    R. Andrew Free recounted a 2015 exchange he said he had with President Barack Obama, during which Free said he implored Obama to close two detention centers in southern Texas, out of concern for the immigrant women and children being held there.
    "It's wrong. And it's going to be a stain on your legacy," Free recalled telling Obama.
    The lawyer said Obama's...
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  • Read the letter 100 Microsoft staff reportedly sent to Satya Nadella protesting the firm's $19 million deal with ICE

    Read the letter 100 Microsoft staff reportedly sent to Satya Nadella protesting the firm's $19 million deal with ICE

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    Microsoft staff wrote to CEO Satya Nadella calling on the firm to cancel its $19.4 million contract with the US's Immigration, Customs and Enforcement agency.
    They are dismayed at President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, in which families and children are separated after crossing the US-Mexico border illegally.
    The 100 staff said the company "must take an ethical stand" and draft policy stating it will not work for clients who "violate international human rights law."
    After the letter was posted on the internal Microsoft messaging board, Nadella sent a memo to staff...
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  • Read the memo Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent to employees about the company's work for ICE and Trump's 'zero-tolerance' policy

    1 month ago - By Chron

    REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
    Microsoft has faced sharp criticism for its work with Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency involved with carrying out President Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy, in which families and children are separated after crossing the US-Mexico border illegally.
    On Tuesday, it was reported that over 100 Microsoft employees signed an open letter to CEO Satya Nadella calling on the company to end its relationship with ICE.
    In a memo to employees, Nadella called for the policy to end, while also downplaying the nature of the company's work with ICE. He says it's mostly...
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