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Berkeley Considering Cutting Ties With Vendors That Provide Data To ICE

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The Berkeley City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposal that would prohibit the city from doing business with any vendor that acts as a data broker or provides “extreme vetting” services to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

“We don’t have direct power over ICE but we do have direct power over where do we invest the city’s money and who do we contract with,” said Kriss Worthington, a Berkeley councilman who is sponsoring the measure along with councilmembers Cheryl Davila and Kate Harrison. “It’s the same thing that any consumer, when they go shopping, can [do to] send a message to corporations about which products they’re willing to buy and which products they’re willing to boycott,” he added.

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