Despite thousands of IBM employees’ outrage, CEO Ginni Rometty maintains close ties to the Trump administration. While IBM the company does not formally espouse any political views, its CEO serves on Trump’s Business Council, which closely advises the administration.
In response to Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban, over 100 technology companies signed a legal brief voicing support for the federal lawsuit against the Executive Order. IBM did not sign the brief.
IBM has received $1.7 billion in contracts from Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since 2008 to support the agencies responsible for harsh enforcement activities. Will they now bid on Trump’s enforcement ramp-up? ● Rometty is an Executive Committee member of the Business Roundtable, an association of nearly 200 Fortune 500 CEOs, which is calling on the Trump administration to either repeal or give “compliance flexibility” on rules designed to keep workers safe, protect the environment, and promote transparency in business practice.
Withdraw from Trump’s Business Council;
Issue a clear statement denouncing Trump’s anti-immigrant, -refugee, and -Muslim agenda, and act to stop Trump’s wall and immigration dragnet; and
Publicly commit to cease all work that contributes to that agenda, including not renewing or bidding on any ICE or CBP contracts.
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