- Migration activist group Mijente will release a post implicating Palantir of providing tech utilized in ICE’s greatest work environment raid this summertime.
- The group thinks Palantir tech was utilized throughout the questionable raid on chicken processing plants where 680 immigrants were apprehended.
- Mijente has actually been pounding the drums over Palantir’s usage by ICE, even as Palantir has actually firmly insisted that its tech is utilized by a various group within ICE that is not accountable for deportations or household separations at the border.
- Mijente’s pressure project seems having some success. Staff members at Palantir have actually signed a minimum of 2 letters asking management to embrace brand-new policies worrying its ICE agreements.
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Immigrant rights group Mijente has actually led the charge to stop Palantir, a $20 billion Silicon Valley tech company, from offering its software application to the Migration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Palantir is the huge information software application business established by Donald Trump fan Peter Thiel.
Mijente states that on Friday it will release a post about Palantir innovation being utilized by ICE representatives as part of the biggest United States migration raid in a years. The raid, which took place in August, targeted a Mississippi chicken processing plants and led to the arrests of 680 migrant employees.
That event was questionable not simply for its size– and the widely-circulated video of a sobbing 11- year-old lady whose daddy was apprehended– however since of its timing. It took place hours prior to President Trump showed up in El Paso, Texas. He was going to the city days after an anti-immigrant, white nationalist eliminated 22 individuals at a Walmart.
Palantir has actually been supplying ICE with software application considering that2014 ICE restored its agreement with Palantir in August, an agreement that will go through 2020, Motherboard reported at the time. Palantir has actually consistently rejected that its innovation is being utilized by the part of ICE that deals with household separations and deportations.
A representative informed the New York City Times in December that its agreements support a various part of the firm:
” There are 2 significant departments of ICE with 2 unique requireds: Homeland Security Investigations, or H.S.I., is accountable for cross-border criminal examinations. The other significant directorate, Enforcement and Elimination Operations, or E.R.O., is accountable for interior civil migration enforcement, consisting of deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants. We do not work for E.R.O.”
Nevertheless, back in 2017, the Intercept reported that Palantir tech was being utilized to help ICE with tracking immigrants and deporting them.
The Mississippi connection
Mijente thinks that Palantir’s tech helped with the questionable August raid in Mississippi thanks to an affidavit from an HSI detective asking for a search warrant for the raid.
Because affidavit, the detective explains utilizing the firm’s “tipline” and a database system to discover and determine immigrants thought to be operating at the plant unlawfully. Mijente state it has files that reveal the tipline becomes part of an unique item that Palantir developed for ICE.
Mijente has actually been utilizing such proof to contact other similar activists to push Palantir to drop their Ice agreements. As Organisation Expert’s Rosalie Chan reported in August, this consists of arranging demonstration marches at the business’s Palo Alto, California head offices.
Mijente has actually likewise taken part in demonstrations of Amazon Web Provider, the cloud service utilized by Palantir.
The demonstrations are having an impact. Some workers have actually blended sensations about the business’s deal with ICE. In August more than 60 Palantir workers signed a petition asking management to reroute benefit from ICE agreements to a not-for-profit charity, the Washington Post reported And in 2015, over 200 workers supposedly signed a letter revealing their annoyance with the circumstance.
ICE is not Palantir’s only agreement with the federal government. It presently has over $160 million worth of agreements from several companies consisting of the DoD, Treasury and others.
In July, Palantir cofounder Joe Lonsdale explained Palantir as “patriotic.”
There had actually been some talk that Palantir may pursue an IPO quickly, though word is that it has actually stopped briefly that concept and is dealing with raising another round of personal financing rather.
Palantir decreased remark.