It seems that some tech workers out in Silicon Valley have gotten themselves in a tizzy over the supposed “Muslim registry” that Donald Trump wants to build. USA Today has the story:
SAN FRANCISCO — More than 300 employees of tech companies including Google and Twitter have signed a pledge not to help Donald Trump’s administration build a Muslim registry.
“We are choosing to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration’s proposed data collection policies,” reads an open letter posted at neveragain.tech. “We refuse to build a database of people based on their Constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. We refuse to facilitate mass deportations of people the government believes to be undesirable.”
The letter draws comparison to the Holocaust and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Silicon Valley tech companies have remained silent on the issue, with only Twitter saying it would not aid the administration in building a registry.
It’s worth noting that Donald Trump himself has never said that he wants a database of Muslims. Reporters, liberal pundits, and politicians have all certainly claimed that Donald Trump stated on numerous occasions that he wants a Muslim registry. However, the very left-leaning site Politifact looked at this claim quite some time ago. Their conclusion was that Donald Trump supports a registry/watch list for refugees, but not a full-blown Muslim registry like the kind that’s giving these tech workers the vapors.