WNYC: Data Company Directly Powers Immigration Raids in Workplace

By George Joseph
July 16, 2019

Palantir, a secretive data-mining firm co-founded by Trump adviser Peter Thiel, is facing mounting criticism for its work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In response, the company has tried to distance itself from ICE’s controversial treatment of undocumented immigrants.

But now, emails obtained by WNYC show that Palantir software has directly powered ICE’s accelerating workplace raids.

Antonia House, an immigration attorney at TakeRoot Justice, says Palantir makes worksite arrests harder to challenge in court.

“Often in the past we would see, you know, instances of racial profiling, and when it was very clear it would be challenged. This technology allows them to have a sort of technical basis for the arrest because they can check whether or not somebody’s in status.”

Listen to the full report. Antonia is quoted at 3:25.