- A non-profit group that provides legal services to immigrants has refused a $US250,000 donation from Salesforce.com.
- The money is believed to be part of the $US1 million pledged to help immigrant families affected by Trump’s immigration policies
- The non-profit group says that it won’t accept the money until Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff cancels its contracts with Customs and Border Protection.
Enterprise-software giant Salesforce.com offered to donate $US250,000 to a group that provides legal services to immigrants but the non-profit refused to accept the money until Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff agrees to “cancel all direct or indirect contracts with Customs and Border Protection (CBP).”
Jonathan Ryan, executive director of The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), responded via email on Monday to Salesforce’s donation offer. A copy of Ryan’s email was reviewed by Business Insider.
Benioff is under pressure from employees and human rights groups to sever ties with the CBP. In response, Benioff has said that he disagrees with the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy toward illegal immigration and the practice of separating children from their parents, but the CEO refused to stop providing CBP with Salesforce software.
Last month, more than 650 Salesforce employees sent an email to Benioff warning him that the company’s values were threatened by its work with the border agency. In the letter, the employees wrote they had learned that some of Salesforce’s software was used by CBP for recruitment and “managing border activities.”
In addition, Benioff pledged $US1 million to help families affected by Trump’s immigration policies. That didn’t impress the people at RAICES.
“We understand that the $US250,000 we are being offered is a portion of this $US1 million,” Ryan wrote. “When it comes to supporting oppressive, inhumane, and illegal policies, we want to be clear: the only right action is to stop.”
A Salesforce spokesperson referred Business Insider to past tweets posted by Benioff that said he is “proud of the men and women who protect and serve our country.” He also wrote he’s proud to “work with 30,000 (Salesforce) employees who make their voices heard and serve their communities.”
Correction: An earlier version of the story misstated who had claimed that Salesforce’s software was used by CBP for training and managing border activities. It was stated in a letter by employees.
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