High-tech hypocrisy

My posts at Goodlatte Watch are almost always aimed at Congressman Goodlatte himself. But my target this time is different.

Executives of some of the nation’s leading information technology companies have reacted with overwhelming disapproval to President Trump’s decision to end the DACA protection for DREAMers brought to the US by their parents.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote:

As a CEO, I see each day the direct contributions that talented employees from around the world bring to our company, our customers and to the broader economy. We care deeply about the DREAMers who work at Microsoft and fully support them. We will always stand for diversity and economic opportunity for everyone. It is core to who we are at Microsoft and I believe it is core to what America is.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, called Trump’s decision “cruel.” And Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, posted this:

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted:

So perhaps Nadella, Zuckerberg, Sandberg and Pichai would like to explain why their companies’ political action committees so generously funded the most recent reelection campaign (and previous campaigns) of Congressman Goodlatte, who– as chair of the House Judiciary Committee– has for years blocked meaningful immigration reform and who said Trump did “the right thing” on DACA.

Goodlatte co-chairs the Congressional Internet Caucus. The House Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, includes a subcommittee on intellectual property and the internet. It appears that buying political access to the congressman on such matters has overridden any other considerations by these supposedly “enlightened” and “progressive” companies. I hope that changes.

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