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Ocasio-Cortez: Amazon ‘Selling Notoriously Flawed & Racially Biased Facial Recognition Technology to ICE’

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | February 20, 2019 | 10:04 AM EST

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) (Screenshot)

New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a swipe at both Amazon and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tuesday in a tweet responding to criticism of her elation over news Amazon has cancelled plans to open a headquarters in New York City.

Ocasio-Cortez listed Amazon providing technology to ICE as one of the reasons to cheer the news that the company is no longer planning to relocate to “1 of the most immigrant-dense areas of the world”:

“A technology giant of big-brother-esque potential was selling (notoriously flawed & racially biased) facial recognition technology to ICE while trying to move into 1 of the most immigrant-dense areas of the world.”

Ocasio-Cortez also posted a link to a Washington Post article, "Amazon met with ICE officials over facial-recognition system that could identify immigrants, in her response to a tweet by Erik Engquist, assistant managing editor for Crain's New York Business, criticizing the congresswoman’s claim that the tax breaks Amazon would have gotten now give the government more money to spend on other things:

“I’ve been telling @AOC critics that she is smart, but what do I say when she says nonsense like ‘we could invest those $3 billion in [@amazon tax breaks] in our district. We could hire more teachers. We can fix our subways, we can put a lot of people to work for that money’”

“Frankly, the knee-jerk reaction assuming that I ‘don’t understand’ how tax giveaways to corps work is disappointing,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez replied. She then posted a series of tweets explaining her reasons for opposing Amazon previous plans to open shop in New York City:

No, it’s not possible that I could come to a different conclusion. The debate *must* be over my intelligence & understanding, instead of the merits of the deal.

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There’s NO WAY that this deal - one of the biggest giveaways in state history - could possibly have been bad, right? Surely there can’t be anything wrong with suddenly announcing a massive restructuring & pricing out of a community without any advance notice or input from them.

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There’s no CHANCE that the speculative insider real-estate buys that were creating immediate spikes in rent in one of the most rent-burdened communities in NYC could have possibly been unpopular?

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Or that a technology giant of big-brother-esque potential was selling (notoriously flawed & racially biased) facial recognition technology to ICE while trying to move into 1 of the most immigrant-dense areas of the world?

No, it must be because I’m dumb.

 

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