By Kyle Perisic
Most Microsoft employees would rather not cut ties with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), even after a publicized internal debate with the CEO.
A survey of 1,180 Microsoft employees shows that more than half would rather keep the company’s current contract with ICE, which is limited to “supporting legacy mail, calendar, messaging, and document management workloads,” CEO Satya Nadella said in a company-wide email.
In response to the survey question, “Should Microsoft end its federal contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?” more than 55 percent of respondents voted, “No, continue working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
The other two options were: “No, continue working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement but with new conditions,” and “Yes, end the contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
This comes after news broke June 19 that more than 100 Microsoft workers signed an open letter to Nadella demanding the company cut all ties with ICE and with any company that supports the agency because of President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy regarding immigrants caught illegally crossing the border.
Despite Microsoft’s limited contract of basic assistance with everyday computer programs, the vocal minority of employees wanted the organization out.
“[W]e ask that Microsoft cancel its contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immediately, including contracts with clients who support ICE,” the employee letter read. (RELATED: The Power Of The Protesting Employee: Big Tech Companies Are Being Taken Over By Low-Level Workers)
Nadella wrote in a staff-wide email later that day in response to the letter clarifying that the company “is not working with the U.S. government on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border.”
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