Amazon Protest

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Protesters Call On Jeff Bezos To Demand Amazon Cut Ties With ICE

July 15, 2019 - 2:21 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A group of protesters appeared outside of Jeff Bezos’ Manhattan home on Monday demanding Amazon stop working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The protest began in New York and six other major cities, as the company kicked off its yearly sale that generated over $4 billion in profit in 2018.

Labor and immigration advocates marched along Madison Square Park and stopped in front of Bezos’ home, trying to hand-deliver 250,000 petitions calling on the e-commerce giant  to cut ties with ICE and protect its workers.

“Bezos, Bezos you can't hide, we can see your greedy side,” protesters chanted outside his Fifth Avenue home.

As WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reported, Bezos didn’t hide, they just locked the front door.

Among the demonstrators, Jeff Freet said Amazon has made it easier and easier for ICE agents to deport undocumented immigrants.

“Amazon web services is the backbone of ICE's infrastructure. Amazon has sold facial recognition technology to ICE, which has allowed them to scan driver’s license data bases,” he said.

The demonstration came days after hundreds of protesters showed up outside the annual Amazon Web Services summit at the Javits Center with the same demands.

It also comes on the heels of the Trump administration’s nationwide crackdown targeting migrant families in cities across the country. Raids reportedly began throughout the five boroughs on Saturday.