By Emily Birnbaum, The Hill, August 2019
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has opted to renew its contract with Palantir Technologies, a software company co-founded by a top adviser to President Trump, amid ongoing protests of the tech firm’s role in the U.S. immigration system.
ICE likely will continue to use Palantir’s software to profile and track immigrants until 2022, according to a filing posted publicly on Monday, despite outcry from tech employees and immigration groups over the company’s immigration database system, referred to as the Investigative Case Management System.
In the contract, ICE said it has not found another company to provide comparable services, though it has put out inquiries soliciting support from other firms.
“As a result of the market research conducted, the Contracting Officer has confirmed that Palantir, the software developer, is the only firm able to ensure the continued effectiveness of the ICM system,” the document reads.
There had been some speculation that ICE might cut ties with Palantir after the law enforcement agency solicited proposals from other tech companies.Palantir's current contract with ICE, which is set to expire in September, was worth $41 million at first and now costs around $51 million, according to government records. Click To Tweet
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