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Bay Area Tech Companies Face Pushback For Contracting With ICE

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Palantir CEO Alex Karp speaks during an American Technology Council roundtable at the White House, Monday, June 19, 2017. His company recently renewed its contract with ICE.

The Bay Area is home to some of the most powerful tech companies in the world, and many of them provide essential services to government agencies.

Several tech companies partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which doesn’t sit well with immigration advocates. A group of activists are heading to Palo Alto this Friday to protest one of them, the secretive data-mining company, Palantir.

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Teresa Cotsirilos is a reporter at KALW, where she covers labor rights and public health in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. A recipient of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship and the Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, she is currently investigating California wildfire cleanups and their impact on immigrant workers’ health and safety.