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Contract Canceled Over Objection to Border Policy

The McKinsey & Co. consulting firm has discontinued one of its management contracts with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau,  in objection to President Trump’s toughened border policy.
As reported Monday by The New York Times, employees at the global firm expressed moral concerns when the existence of a contract assisting ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division was reported last month.
Managing partner of the firm, Kevin Sneader said in an email to former employees that the company will not, under any circumstances, engage in any work, anywhere in the world, that advances or assists policies that are at odds with our values.”
The contract did not directly involve the Trump administration’s now softened “zero tolerance” policy that separated migrant children from parents, but was characterized as an award for “management consulting services” for Enforcement and Removal Operations.
An ICE official stated that the agency’s contract with McKinsey “is set to expire this week as the previously arranged end of the agreed-upon term of the contract. The work required has been completed and ICE has already determined that this contract will not be re-competed. There are no option years remaining on the contract. Neither party has changed the terms nor shortened the contract.”
McKinsey’s past work for ICE totaled $20 million, the Times reported, adding that a contract was being modified as recently as June.
The end of the arrangement comes as local officials in towns from Austin, Texas; to Springfield, Ore.; to Alexandria, Va.; have cancelled contracts with ICE to provide jail space for undocumented new arrivals.

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