U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is looking to expand its cloud services usage by spending more than $100M over five years. ICE is looking for cloud infrastructure hosting in both Azure and AWS environments.
- Employees of both companies have previously petitioned their CEOs to stop providing cloud services to ICE, due to the agency's involvement in separating immigrant children from their parents at the southern U.S. border. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella responded, "Like many of you, I am appalled at the abhorrent policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the southern border of the U.S." He added that Microsoft doesn't provide services for projects involved in child separation.
- Last year, Amazon employees sent a letter asking the company to not provide services to Palantir Technologies, which works with ICE and its sister agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
- According to Bloomberg government data, this fiscal year ICE spent more than $20M for Microsoft's services, including $9M for Azure. $24M was spent on Palantir, hosted in AWS. CBP spent $21M on AWS for the same period. Bloomberg also noted that such projects are typically contracted through cloud resellers, and therefore exact spending is unknown.