It’s been suggested to me that I put a thread I recently did on companies working with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in a separate, more permanent place in case the original thread gets taken down. To that end, here is a woefully incomplete list (with sources!) of some of the companies making huge profits off the suffering of undocumented immigrants:
Classic Air Charter Inc.: The same company that helped the CIA “extraordinary rendition” torture program was awarded a contract worth up to $704,198,361 to help ICE deport suspected undocumented immigrants.
B.I. Incorporated: Owned by GEO Group, the company that owns and operates many ICE concentration camps, B.I. Incorporated develops and sells “electronic offender-tracking equipment and services” and received a contract with ICE worth up to $137,474,424.
Trailboss Enterprises, Inc.: The transportation company received a contract worth $107,676,347 to provide detention transport services to ICE.
Asset Protection & Security Services, L.P.: ICE apparently needs even more jackbooted thugs to herd prisoners in and out of its concentration camps, awarding this company a contract worth $105,649,915 for “guard services and transportation.”
MVM, Inc. (@MVMINC): This private security contractor transports unaccompanied children to and from ICE concentration camps. They received $84,124,557 for work in 2017–2018 and $73,204,159 for work through this September.
Qbase-McNeil Integrated Solutions: This company boasts on their website that they provide ICE with “mission-critical IT service support and program management both domestically and internationally.” $137,474,424 contract.
The GEO Group, Inc.: This company owns and operates many ICE concentration camps and received $64,095,066 for “detention, food and transportation services.”
Akima Global Solutions, LLC: From their website: “AGS provides the people, equipment, and processes that safeguard federal buildings, military bases, and detention centers and detainees.” ICE paid them $55,085,457 this year for their concentration camps.
CACI-ISS, INC.: A subsidiary of CACI International (@CACIIntl), this security company was awarded a contract of up to $97,118,164 to help ICE with “tactical communications engineering, maintenance and support.”
Global Precision Systems, LLC: Awarded a contract worth up to $44,369,838 for “detention and transportation services” supporting ICE concentration camps.
Palantir Technologies (@PalantirTech): This famously evil company got a $39,340,901 contract from ICE for building and helping to run FALCON, “a database and analytical platform […] to track immigrants and crunch data on forms of cross-border criminal activity.” More info on Palantir’s involvement with ICE and deportation here. Reporting by Spencer Woodman (@SpencerWoodman).
Dell Federal Systems, LP (@DellEMCFederal): A subsidiary of Dell (@Dell), one of the big corporate collaborators with ICE, this company won a contract worth up to $49,781,752 for providing infotech support.
U.S. Bancorp: The parent company of @usbank, the 7th-largest bank in the country, Bancorp won a $29,151,120 contract providing “fee collection” services for ICE, probably bilking undocumented immigrants out of their money.
Capgemini Government Solutions, LLC: A wholly-owned subsidiary of Capgemini (@Capgemini), this company received a contract worth up to $27,076,640 for providing administrative management and management consulting services to ICE.
360 IT Integrated Solutions: This infotech company won a contract for up to $24,733,182 for providing data processing, hosting, and related services to ICE.
JSI Telecom: This is a particularly gross one. This company, which also works with the DEA and the FBI, won a $19,750,298 contract from ICE to help them intercept the communications of people suspected of being undocumented. More on this company’s relationship with ICE and other federal agencies here.
IBM (@IBMResearch, @IBMAnalytics): The company that supplied Nazi extermination camps with machines to track prisoners (with numbers later tattooed on them) and trains, IMB won a $81,960,476 contract with our own fascists at Border Patrol for tech support.
In addition to these companies (with a few repeats), here is a list of 15 companies who were working with ICE at least as recently as 2018 from an article by Julia Glum (@SuperJulia) originally published in Money:
— Northeastern University (@Northeastern)
— Ernst & Young
— Thomson Reuters (@Reuters)
— Motorola Solutions (@MotorolaUS)
— Deloitte (@Deloitte)
— Johns Hopkins University (@JohnsHopkins)
— Dell (@Dell)
— Xerox (@Xerox)
— Canon (@CanonUSA)
— Vermont State Colleges
— Amazon (@amazon)
— Time Warner Cable
— Comcast (@comcastcares)
— LinkedIn (@LinkedIn)
— UPS (@UPS)
Shaming alone won’t work — companies don’t have consciences. And as you might’ve been able to tell, lots of these companies don’t really do PR; they’re comfortable being in the shadows because their customers are all governments. But we can absolutely still put pressure on them. None of the ghouls getting rich from US concentration camps deserve a moment’s peace, and their information is all over the Internet. All these companies have addresses. Boycott, protest, shame, whatever the fuck it takes.
I encourage you all to do your own digging (this website is a great resource for government contracts, and I’ve even queued up the search for you to filter contracts awarded by ICE that include fiscal year 2019) and then do whatever you can to make life a little harder for the profiteers of human misery running our government and workplaces. It’s been encouraging seeing such strong reactions from you all. We’re not powerless.