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Microsoft facing outrage over ICE deal amid family separations at border

In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP)

SEATTLE - Microsoft is facing criticism over its relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Social media outrage over the Trump administration's border policies has drawn attention to a Microsoft cloud computing contract with ICE.

Microsoft says in a blog post Monday that it's "dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families."

The company is urging policy changes - but not addressing the details of its ICE partnership.

Microsoft announced in January that it had passed a government security standard enabling it to handle ICE's most sensitive unclassified data. The company said its computing platform could help the government make faster decisions using facial recognition and other technology.

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