CEOs of several US-based tech giants on Tuesday, 19 June, lashed out at the Trump administration’s policy to separate migrant children from their families, in a bid to enforce a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude towards illegal border crossing.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a post on the social media site, appealed for donations towards organisations like ‘Texas Civil Rights Project’ and ‘RAICES’, which were working towards helping families at the border.
Organizations like Texas Civil Rights Project and RAICES are doing great work helping families at the US border get...Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
In an interview with the Ireland-based newspaper The Irish Times, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook termed the separation of the children from immigrant parents at the US-Mexico border as ‘inhumane’, and promised to be a ‘constructive voice’ in ending the issue.
According to Reuters, Cook, in his interview to the newspaper, said:
"It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids. Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society. I think that what’s happening is inhumane, it needs to stop."
He added that as a good citizen, one should participate, and not “just sit on the sideline and yell or complain.”
“That will be the approach we will take here. This one in particular is just heartbreaking and tragic,” Cook said.
Meanwhile, Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square took to the micro-blogging site to share his grievances over the immigration policy.
Do everything it takes to #KeepFamilesTogether.— jack (@jack) June 19, 2018
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Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki too shared a link on Twitter, urging people to help in every way they could.
Regardless of your politics, it's heartbreaking to see what's happening to families at the border. Here are some ways you can help: https://t.co/IFVG6g8AKO— Susan Wojcicki (@SusanWojcicki) June 19, 2018
Tech giant Microsoft, in a statement, condemned the policy, stating that it was “dismayed” by the separation that was being enforced by the administration on the families.
The statement, accessed by CNBC, read:
"We urge the administration to change its policy and Congress to pass legislation ensuring children are no longer separated from their families."
According to NBC News, the Department of Health and Human Services had 11,785 minors under its care as of Monday.
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