Emails obtained by the Guardian raise questions about Marc Benioffs handling of protests over links to US immigration agency
The technology company Salesforce is facing mounting pressure to cancel its contract with US Customs and Border Protection( CBP ), with protests targeting its CEO, Marc Benioff, on Tuesday.
Emails from Benioff, recently obtained by the Guardian, have also raised questions about the billionaire founder’s response to the backlash against his cloud computing company. CBP, a law enforcement agency that carries out Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, began using Salesforce products this year to” manage perimeter activities” and” modernise its recruiting process “.
At the high levels of the family separation crisis over the summer, Benioff contacted a leading not-for-profit group to discuss the growing opposition to his firm’s contract- and then backed out of a call at the last minute, saying he was busy with vacation activities, the emails showed.
” I am sorry I’m actually scuba diving right now ,” Benioff wrote to Jonathan Ryan, the executive director of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services( Raices) on 23 July, the working day of their scheduled call.
” The first suppose in my intellect … was,’ What is this guy believing ?'” Ryan said in a recent interview.” I’m managing the crisis of my lifetime, which is nothing in comparison with the collective crisis of all the people we are trying to help … It’s one thing to be too busy. It’s another thing to be too busy because you’re scuba diving .”
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