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13 Nov 2019

Rosalie Chan, Business Insider

At least five employees quit GitHub over its contract with ICE

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"The Microsoft-owned GitHub is under pressure for its work with ICE, as employees resign and activists protest the biggest event of the year," 13 Nov 2019

At least five employees have quit GitHub over the contract, and at least four speakers scheduled to speak at Universe have dropped out... Tech Workers Coalition set up a giant cage outside GitHub's annual user conference in San Francisco to protest its $200,000 contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"We are bringing a cage representing the cages that ICE puts children into as a symbol and public protest of GitHub's relationship with ICE," the Tech Workers Coalition said in a statement. "The demonstration will be shedding light on GitHub's contract with ICE and is intended to show support for the GitHub workers who are organizing internally to get the contract cancelled."... In an email to employees, Friedman said that while GitHub and its parent company Microsoft oppose Trump administration policies like family separation and ending the DACA program, the company believes that it can't be held responsible for how its customers use its products and services – and that, as such, GitHub would not block the renewal of the contract. He also said that GitHub will donate $500,000 to immigration nonprofits... Microsoft employees recently wrote an open letter to show their solidarity with GitHub employees protesting ICE.