A new report from The Intercept details the new intelligence system called Investigative Case Management (ICM), built by Palantir, that is going live this fall and could assist Donald Trump's efforts to deport millions of immigrants. The system, developed through a $41m contract awarded in 2014, is designed to help ICE agents identify illegal immigrants by collating data from a half-dozen law enforcement databases.
Though it’s vital to remember that this is an Obama-era program, the alignment of Trump’s biggest campaign promise and Palantir’s monitoring technology must feel like a dream come true for company founder Peter Thiel. Thiel was far and away the most prominent tech leader to support Trump, speaking before Trump's nomination at the Republican National Convention and weathering intense criticism from a Silicon Valley cohort mostly hostile to Trump. Thiel last year cited a concern for the economic fate of average Americans as the foundation for his support for Trump. Trump’s promise to deport illegal immigrants in huge numbers is in part motivated by the belief that their presence helps drive down wages for working Americans.