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#AbolishICE Helped Kill New York’s Amazon HQ Deal | Breitbart

Posted by M. C. on February 18, 2019

by John Carney

Amazon’s decision to cancel its plans to build a second corporate headquarters in New York City came after left-wing activists and politicians demanded that the company advance their immigration agenda in exchange for nearly $3 billion in government subsidies.

Democratic socialism advocates and New York politicians, emboldened by the leftward lurch of the Democrat Party, which the election of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) crystallized, stepped up their demands on Amazon in recent weeks, according to a person briefed on the matter. One such demand included that the company pledge not to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Amazon refused to say it would not cooperate with U.S. immigration laws, the person said…

Ocasio-Cortez and Gianaris were not alone in opposing Amazon for its unwillingness to declare it would not cooperate with federal immigration law.

“I want the deal to be scrapped in its entirety,” City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer of Queens said prior to the announcement that Amazon would pull out of New York. “They want to crush unions. They want to work with ICE. They want to bypass community review. They want to take giant subsidies. I don’t see them changing one bit and so, yeah, they’re not welcome here.”

This was not a populist uprising against a big business seeking subsidies. According to polling data, most Queens residents supported Amazon’s move to New York, but their voices were overwhelmed by the activists. Among black voters, 70 percent supported the Amazon deal, while only 25 percent objected. Among Latinos, 81 percent supported Amazon with only 17 percent opposing. Whites were less enthusiastic, with just 51 percent favoring and 40 percent opposing…

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