Key Words: Separation of families at U.S. border is a ‘war crime,’ says tech CEO

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The CEO of cloud company Twilio Inc. has published a scathing critique of the separation of immigrant families at the border and urged other executives to do the same.

In a Medium post, chief executive Jeff Lawson said the practice violated the Geneva Convention:

‘Separating immigrant families isn’t just wrong, it’s a war crime.’

Jeff Lawson, Twilio CEO

“We are punishing children for the possibility that their parents have committed a minor crime (a misdemeanor actually), or no crime at all — in the case of amnesty seekers,” Twilio’s TWLO, -2.99%  Lawson wrote. “We are terrorizing people with a horror greater than losing your own life: losing your child.”

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Lawson said that public-company CEOs are typically advised to avoid contentious political issues, but he believes that the practice of detaining children is “a matter of objective right and wrong” rather than a matter of politics.

He advised other executives to “consider the cost of silence.”

Some fellow tech leaders have also taken a stance on the policy, including Airbnb’s co-founders.

“Ripping children from the arms of their parents is heartless, cruel, immoral and counter to the American values of belonging,” co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk said in a statement Monday. “The U.S. government needs to stop this injustice and reunite these families. We are a better country than this.”