While the company claimed that their software has done nothing "regarding the separation of children and families at the border," RAICES feels that the contract provides ICE and other border officials with the infrastructure they need to effectively and inhumanely do their job. RAICES, which is at the forefront of assisting separated families and other immigration issues at our southern border, supposes that the donation Benioff pledged is a means to buy Salesforce out of ethical responsibility from their actions, which the nonprofit refuses to be a conduit for.
"There is no room around this, and there is no splitting hairs when children are brutally being torn away from their parents, when a mother commits suicide in an effort to get her children released, and when an 18-month-old baby is separated from their mother in detention," said Jonathan Ryan, Executive Director at RAICES in an email to Salesforce released to the public on Twitter this morning.
So far, Salesforce has declined calls to cancel the contract.
At the end of June, a letter addressed to Benioff was signed by 650 Salesforce employees asking him to renounce and reconsider the CBP contracts. Instead of conceding, he tweeted that the company had no hand in family separations and that they would be donating $1 million dollars to assist families at the border, which the RAICES donation was a part of.
On Twitter, organizations and individuals have expressed their support for RAICES on social media, claiming their choice shows a great deal of integrity.
Integrity can be expensive. Speaks volumes about the work and the values of RAICES. Donate to make up the $250,00 they rejected from Salesforce. https://t.co/mYHxAfYH15— Joan Bachrach (@Jomobius) July 19, 2018
Shame on @salesforce for trying to buy goodwill with a donation to RAICES while working with Customs & Border Patrol, the agency responsible for separating immigrant families at the border. Your complicity in these crimes won't go away with a donation. https://t.co/WH1bvIfffn— Ben Weilerstein 🔥 (@TheWeilerSide) July 19, 2018