The Trump administration’s war on migrants has been turbocharged by big tech. With the willing collaboration of Silicon Valley, the US government has accelerated and expanded its crackdown on migrant communities, unleashing federal immigration agents on a mission to carry out mass raids and deportations. There’s also no denying that the treatment of migrants along the southern border, from separating families, returning asylum-seekers to Mexico, tear-gassing migrants, to caging children in sprawling desert encampments, is nothing short of cruel and inhumane. Tech companies have chosen to do the government’s bidding and directly enable gross human rights abuses.
The infrastructure set up under the Obama administration has been multiplied to great effect with the technology provided by a new generation of law enforcement and military contractors. Companies like Palantir, Amazon, Salesforce, Microsoft, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and dozens of others have doggedly pursued federal government contracts to sell a wide array of digital tools indispensable for the Trump administration’s detention and deportation machine. In short, arming agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) with military-grade digital tools they need to commit atrocities along the southern border and the interior, is now big business.
Our report delves into great detail about these lucrative contracts and the web of insider connections bankrolling Palantir, in particular, the private data firm at the center of ICE operations. This is a disturbing reality that has largely evaded public scrutiny until now.