This week, members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Google CEO Sandal Pichai slamming the search giant for hiring Miles Taylor, a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official,media reported. Taylor is understood to have publicly defended President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
The letter, dated November 19, was signed by three House caucus chairmen representing minorities: U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Member, Representative Bas Karen Bass, U.S. Congressional Asia Pacific Caucus, U.S. Congressional Asia Pacific Caucus, Judy Chu.
All three are Democrats who are deeply disturbed by Google’s hiring of Taylor. Taylor served as chief of staff to Kirstjen Nielsen, a former DKHS minister.
“We find that we are shocked when companies choose to reward and hire individuals who have played an active role in implementing cruel policies that target and harm our communities, and Google is no exception,” the letter reads. “
The letter comes as Google is struggling with unease within its staff, who are protesting management’s approach to social issues. Google employees have spoken out against the company’s AI contract with the Pentagon and the leadership’s handling of sexual assault allegations.
“The company’s recent hiring appears to contradict Google’s own ethical and ethical values and completely ignores the concerns expressed by many of your employees and customers who value immigration and human rights,” the letter added. “