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19 Oct 2020

Courtney Bowman, Palantir Technologies

Letter from Palantir responding to Amnesty International

... Palantir... does not own or control data but rather enables its customers to analyze their own data – has contracts only with the criminal investigative division of ICE and DHS at large... [I]t is a fact that Palantir has no contract with the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) unit of ICE... Furthermore, Palantir has had no involvement whatsoever in the management or operation of any of ERO’s detention centers.

... Palantir also has no contracts with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP was responsible for the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” family separation policies initiated and ended in 2018. Palantir continues to regard that policy, which resulted in the separation of children from parents and the incarceration or “caging” of children, as abhorrent.

... Palantir has purposefully declined to take on contracts with ERO and CBP under the current Administration because we share your organization’s concern with the potential serious human rights violations against migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers at the U.S. – Mexico border and risks of disproportionate immigration enforcement inside the U.S. At the same time, and in contrast, after careful review, we have reaffirmed our support of HSI’s transnational criminal investigative mission through continuance of our with ICM and FALCON contracts.