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I was looking for a job after I shut down the data centers I had been operating (old company got acquired, load shifted to data centers at new company). I had experience running big distributed databases. There was a job posting that was almost a perfect match. Running a huge database of the people and circumstances around illegal migration into the US. Whatever I may or may not believe about immigration and lawful or unlawful migration I couldn’t stomach building an efficient system for hunting down down people who come here looking for work. I figured I should never build something if I don’t want to be on the receiving end of it. But I guess the “are we the baddies?” moment cake when I realized that someone else went and build it and in a democracy I have to take some responsibility for that anyway.

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