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Trump Advisor’s Company Received Millions To Assist Trump In Mass Deportation Program

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Trump Advisor’s Company Received Millions To Assist Trump In Mass Deportation Program

A data-mining firm founded by billionaire Trump advisor Peter Thiel was awarded a $41 million contract to assist in President Donald Trump’s efforts to deport millions of immigrants from the United States.

The company, Palantir Technologies, was paid to create and deploy a new intelligence system for Immigration and Customs enforcement called Investigative Case Management (ICM), government funding records show.

The documents identify Palantir’s ICM as “mission critical” to ICE, meaning that the agency will not be able to properly function without the program.

The system is scheduled to arrive at “final operating capacity” by September of this year, according the The Intercept.

ICM funding documents analyzed by The Intercept make clear that the system is far from a passive administrator of ICE’s case flow.

The program allows ICE agents to access a vast “ecosystem” of data to facilitate immigration officials in both discovering targets and then creating and administering cases against them.

ICM can provide ICE agents access to information on a subject’s schooling, family relationships, employment information, phone records, immigration history, foreign exchange program status, personal connections, biometric traits, criminal records, and home and work addresses, The Intercept found.

Additionally, the program allows ICE agents access to intelligence platforms maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and an array of other federal and private law enforcement entities.

ICE officers during a surprise raid in Dallas, TX.  |  Imgur

ICE officers during a surprise raid in Dallas, TX. | Imgur

Trump’s first moves on immigration enforcement represent an unprecedented hard-line position, envisioning thousands of new agents, enlisting local police as immigration enforcers, making virtually anyone a priority for deportation, bypassing immigration courts, and, of course, ordering the construction of the infamous wall along the Mexican border.

And then there is the president’s own rhetoric equating immigrants with criminals — after campaign talk characterizing Mexicans as rapists, this week he referred to his immigration policy as a “military operation” against gang members, “drug lords,” and “bad dudes.”

“What we have here is a growing network of interconnected databases that together are drawing in more and more information,” said Jay Stanley, a privacy expert at the American Civil Liberties Union.

“If President Trump’s rhetoric on mass deportations is going to be turned into reality, then we’re going to see these tools turned in that direction, and these documents show that there are very powerful and intrusive tools that can be used toward that end.”

H/T: The Intercept.

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