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13 Feb 2020


Mijente rejoinder to Palantir's response

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Palantir's latest response is part of a long pattern of factual inaccuracies and distortions that come from the company... Palantir claims that workplace raids “constitute a limited portion of HSI’s total responsibilities.” This is outrageously misleading, attempting to minimize the importance of HSI’s deportation raids... HSI agents spearhead workplace raids throughout the country... involv[ing] the arrest and detention of thousands of people...Those arrested by HSI agents in these raids are often detained for indefinite periods of time, languishing in detention centers... with conditions that... have regularly been found to violate human rights.

... Palantir, in its defense, seeks to separate itself from detention center abuses by stating it “plays no role in supporting detention facilities management within any federal departments or agencies.” This is besides the point. Palantir’s software funnels people into immigrant detention by enabling arrests through workplace raids. Whether it directly manages these facilities or not is immaterial... Further, as Palantir knows very well, the company’s software is widely available to anyone within ICE, making their distinction between HSI and ERO even more laughable... What is incontrovertible is that Palantir’s software was used in operations that targeted the family members of children who crossed the border alone and that, in enabling such operations, the company played a role in the continued separation of such families... Palantir’s work is integral to ICE’s operations and, insofar as those operations routinely involve the violation of human rights, therefore implicated in immoral and possibly illegal acts.