Students at Harvard, Berkeley, etc.: We won't work for Palantir over ICE contracts

  • Students at more than a dozen colleges are pressuring technology company Palantir to end its contracts with ICE.
  • Democrat presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren is involved in the effort and has slammed Palantir.

College students at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, and more than a dozen other universities are boycotting Palantir Technologies, a private American software company with ties to ICE.

The Palo Alto-based technology company has made donations to these schools and has a recruiting program for after-graduation job placement, as reported by The Hill. Palantir was co-founded by billionaire adviser Peter Thiel, who has supported President Donald Trump.

"The immigration laws being enforced today are the same ones that have been law for decades as enacted by Congress"   

Students across the country are pressuring Palantir to drop its contracts with ICE.

More than 1,700 students have signed the campaign targeting Palantir. Students from Harvard, Yale, Brown, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, UC-Irvine, Johns Hopkins, the University of Florida, Tufts, Wellesley, RPI, Appalachian State, Belmont, Georgia Tech, the University of Utah, the University of Vancouver, the University of Washington and Santa Clara have signed the petition over the span of two weeks.

“By signing this petition, you’re sending a strong message that you will not work with Palantir while it enables ICE’s deportation machine,” the page reads. “If more schools send the message to Palantir that they will not work with a company that works with ICE, its future growth will be imperiled and it will be pressured to change tack.”

[RELATED: Activists protest ICE grant for data on weapons trafficking]

Democrat presidential candidate and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has called out Palantir in her campaign rally speeches, although she accepted money from three Palantir Technologies employees, as reported by The Washington Examiner.

“The campus has no comment other than to caution those who would use broad strokes to describe our student body. The petition regarding Palantir was signed by 200 students at Berkeley,” UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told Campus Reform. “There are 42,000 students enrolled at our University. A failure to contextualize would be regrettable.”

“ICE’s mission to protect national security has remained unchanged since the agency was created in 2003,” Rachael Yong Yow, Public Affairs Officer at ICE, told Campus Reform. “The agency conducts criminal investigations ranging from human trafficking, child exploitation or financial crimes to transnational gang investigations and narcotics enforcement. ICE helps vet visa applicants to prevent terrorists and criminals from entering the U.S. and ICE conducts immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law. Further, the immigration laws being enforced today are the same ones that have been law for decades as enacted by Congress.”

[RELATED: UC Berkeley teaches illegal aliens how to ‘fight back’ against ICE]

Silicon Valley giants including Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce continue to recruit on these campuses but are not protested, despite also having contracts with ICE.

Harvard and Yale declined to comment for this story.

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Fiona Moriarty-McLaughlin | California Senior Campus Correspondent

Fiona Moriarty-McLaughlin is a California Senior Campus Correspondent, and reports liberal bias and abuse on campus for Campus Reform. She is a senior at University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studies Business Economics, Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Business Communication.

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