De Blasio to Demand Amazon End Business Dealings with ICE

As reported by The New York Post

Mayor de Blasio on Friday vowed to demand Amazon end its alleged business dealings with ICE— if they’re proven.

“If it turns out Amazon has a contractional relationship with [US Immigration and Customs Enforcement], I’m certainly going to call for them to end that,” de Blasio said on his weekly WNYC radio appearance.

Two weeks earlier on the same station, de Blasio said he was unaware of any Amazon-ICE connection and would look into it.

On Friday, the mayor offered an update saying, “It looks like there is a specific connection between Amazon and ICE, but we don’t have enough details. Amazon should explain exactly what is going on.”

Hizzoner was responding to criticism from a caller, “Amy from Little Neck,” who said Amazon’s deal to open a second headquarters in Queens, coupled with its alleged relationship with ICE flies, ran counter to the city’s progressive values.

During a City Council hearing last month, Amazon’s VP of Public Policy, Brian Huseman, would neither confirm nor deny the company is providing ICE with facial recognition technology.

But he did say under oath, “We think the federal government should have the best access to technology.”

Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) on Friday said it’s not enough for the mayor to demand Amazon “end its relationship with ICE.”

“If the Mayor and Governor Cuomo are truly committed to New York City being a sanctuary city, they should not proceed in negotiations with Amazon unless Amazon severs its relationship with ICE,” he said.