More than 50 civil society groups have launched an online petition urging the IBM technology company to declare that it will not develop technology to help the administration of President Donald Trump carry out a proposal to identify people for entry denial and deportation from the United States.
The coalition of rights groups said on Thursday that the proposals run counter to IBM’s stated goals of preventing the deportation of so-called “Dreamer” immigrants, individuals who were brought illegally into the United States as children.
About 800,000 Dreamers live in the US. The vast majority have arrived from Mexico and other Latin American countries south of the US border.
The petition is tied to a broader advocacy campaign, also begun Thursday, that objects to the Extreme Vetting Initiative by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
The rights groups also sent separate letters to the US Department of Homeland Security, which…