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Mijente = Gente + Justice. A new political home for Latinx & Chicanx organizing. My people. #ChingaLaMigra #EyesOnICE
Jul 26 9 tweets 4 min read

Cook County in Illinois is investigating how data brokers like @LexisNexis enable ICE to skirt sanctuary laws.

We're in Truthout today, explaining how this works & how ICE agents get billions of data points to use in deportations.

truthout.org/articles/ice-i… It's the first such investigation we know of nationwide: Cook County Commissioner @AlmaEAnaya introduced a resolution asking the county to investigate how ICE may skirt sanctuary laws by using data brokers like LexisNexis.


This is how it works. 👇👇👇
Mar 9 25 tweets 9 min read
We're starting our second Tech Wars, "Rogue One: The Blue Death Star" NOW, on how cops & other law enforcement use surveillance against our communities

Join us, our speakers @safiyanoble & @hypervisible, & the hundreds who registered here: instituto.mijente.net/courses/tech-w… Our agenda today: We're going to be delving into the different forms of police surveillance technology—facial recognition, data brokers, predictive policing, & more—w/a discussion between Dr. Safiya Noble & Dr. Chris Gilliard.

Then we're going to highlight folks fighting back.
Mar 8 4 tweets 2 min read
NEWS: ICE collected 6.2 million+ financial records on those using Western Union & Maxi to transfer money—getting names, addresses, & more. It was part of a secret program, done w/out warrants.

They targeted the very services people use to send money to family here & back home. ICE targeted anyone sending $500+ to Mexico, Arizona, California, New Mexico, or Texas.

It was uncovered by @RonWyden last month, & ICE stopped the program as soon as they were contacted about it.

They knew it was illegal. They were just hoping not to get caught.
Dec 8, 2021 13 tweets 5 min read
BREAKING: ICE no longer has access to 171 million people’s utility information following pressure from our #NoTechForICE campaign ‼️

We've cut the data off from the source.

This thread explains what this means, and what needs to happen next.

More: washingtonpost.com/technology/202… As Jacinta Gonzalez, senior campaign director for Mijente, told @drewharwell, most people did not realize that information would be made available to federal agents and the police.

"The data never should have been used in this way.”
Dec 7, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
Israel has been separated from his daughter since '19 & has been a leader w @ResistenciaNW during tht time. When Israel's case was submitted for prosecutorial discretion, ICE denied his request w/o even reading his file!

We demand Israel be #HomeForTheHolidays! #FreeThemAll🧵⬇️ The Seattle ICE Field Office MUST revisit Israel's case!! He has been diagnosed w/ pre-diabetes, a condition he didn't have before being in detention & contracted COVID 19. He needs proper treatment.

EMAIL ICE FIELD DIRECTOR! Tell her to #ReleaseIsrael! mijente.net/DefensaInWA
Aug 5, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
ICYMI: Today the Department of Justice announced it will begin an investigation of the Phoenix Police Department.

It’s a confirmation what local community members have been calling for and it’s about time. Phoenix Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia, Mijente founding member, shared in his statement:

“[The investigation] is a clear message that this department is unfit to serve our community and further violates the violence & distrust that our community has been experiencing.” @PhxDistrict8
Aug 5, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
NEW: We just released a report w/@JustFuturesLaw & the @UWSchoolofLaw Immigration Clinic.

We documented a years-long pattern of ICE retaliations against activists—arrests, surveillance, deportations.

And we're demanding the Biden admin. stop now. 👇👇👇
npr.org/2021/08/04/102… ICE agents followed activists to meetings, photographed them, circulated photos of them w/in ICE, & spied on their social media accounts—for nothing more than exercising First Amendment rights.

It's a constant state of surveillance, w/the threat of deportation always looming.
May 25, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read

Thomson Reuters is facing shareholder calls to investigate its business for human rights abuses b/c of its work w/ICE.

The two biggest shareholder advisors in the world, ISS & Glass Lewis, just came out *in favor* of an investigation.

This is huge for investors. This is how it works: Shareholders can ask the board of directors to change company policies or review business practices.

A shareholder in Thomson Reuters, @BCGEU, called for a human rights assessment b/c Thomson Reuters works for ICE.

That proposal is now gaining steam.
Apr 2, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
NEW: LexisNexis, the huge legal research firm, signed a $16.8 million contract w/ICE, giving access to billions of personal records, like credit histories, license plates, phone data, & more.

ICE then uses this data to target & deport us.

theintercept.com/2021/04/02/ice… This is a new frontier: These data brokers are increasingly working w/police & agencies like ICE & CBP, selling vast troves of personal info.

This lets ICE agents pinpoint people they want to deport, knowing their addresses, phone & internet subscriptions, DMV records, etc.
Apr 1, 2021 24 tweets 18 min read
We're LIVE with the national 'Deportations Under Biden' #EyesOnICE forum. We have so many people with us ready to take action. Join us! mijente.net/april1forum
@NIJC Jacinta kicks-off national 'Deportations Under Biden' #EyesOnICE forum,“Since 3/1 @conmijente w/ #WeareHome campaign & partner orgs have been organizing #EyesonICE forums across the country to lift up the stories & demands of the ppl who’ve confronted detention and deportation.
Mar 19, 2021 9 tweets 5 min read
Today’s passage of #DreamAndPromise by the House is the result of decades of deep organizing by immigrant communities & reflects the urgent need to provide protection from deportation.

But the addition of harsh criminalization provisions in this version is very concerning. The policing & mass incarceration systems in this country are fundamentally rigged against Black & Latinx ppl, and the #DreamAndPromise Act is no exception.

#HR6 is designed to strip access to Biden's promise of immigration reform from people who have experienced police contact.
Nov 3, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
5 cosas importantes de saber cuando votamos #FueraTrump (1/7): #1: Trump ha discriminado contras nuestras familias con salud preexistentes (2/7).
Nov 2, 2020 6 tweets 4 min read
Many of us are preparing ourselves for what happens on #ElectionDay. Here's what we know and how we can best organize for the week. A thread ⏬ (1/6)
#FueraTrump KEEP CALM. PATIENCE. Let's be honest, this election is going to be like no other— the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how we vote, & must ensure everyone has their say and that every ballot is counted! (2/6)
Jun 12, 2020 10 tweets 4 min read
When our ppl began to ask us:

"How did ICE know that I lived here? How did they know that so & so is my cousin? How did they know that I worked at this place and would travel from this location everyday?"
—Jacinta González

We realized that ICE was accessing our private data. This realization lead us to begin researching & uncovering the tech companies propping up ICE's massive data surveillance system.

You can read the report here 👇

May 29, 2020 16 tweets 4 min read

Latinx communities MUST show up powerfully right now.

We must go beyond hollow statements of solidarity & towards a genuine compañerismo.

We must take concrete action that goes beyond addressing intra-community anti-Blackness. The time now calls for modeling pro-Blackness & an embodied sense that our fates are linked.

Our task is to stand shoulder to shoulder & put it out in the work.
May 21, 2020 14 tweets 4 min read
We know there's a revolving door b/w Silicon Valley & the fed gov.

Tech gets richer while our ppl increasingly disappear at the hands of ICE.

Now we know how willing co. like Thompson Reuters are to not only work with ICE, but to create targeted lists of our ppl. ⬇️ Docs show how TR Special Services employees track changes in personal info (names, addresses, jail bookings, driver’s license info, phone numbers & more) & subject location, updating ICE agents & helping them refine deportation investigations

See docs ⬇️
Apr 16, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
🚨 NEWS 🚨

We just released a report w/LCCLA on the impact of COVID-19 for the Latinx community.

The outlook is not good. We're dying disproportionately. We have the lowest rates of healthcare. We're on the frontlines of exposure.

But we can fight back. Latinx people are suffering from social & economic inequalities exacerbated by this crisis.

We represent the overwhelming majority of low-wage job earners. We have the most workplace fatalities.

Yet we have the lowest healthcare coverage—abandoned by the government.
Jan 24, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
Today, Palantir's CEO gave an interview at Davos. He admitted they help hunt down undocumented people.

This is after *months* of denial, saying they help fight trafficking & terrorism, deflecting when asked about ICE.

Gig's up @PalantirTech #NoTechforICE
cnbc.com/2020/01/23/pal… Alex Karp says "It's a de minimis part of our work, finding people in our country who are undocumented, but it's a legitimate, complex issue."

What's complex about arresting parents at work, leaving kids home alone, ruining families?

Nothing. It's wrong—but Palantir enables it.
Dec 12, 2019 9 tweets 5 min read
Perfect example of corporate obfuscation: Palantir works w/the part of ICE that doesn't lead on deportations & family separation—so they say they're not behind Trump's atrocities.

It's a lie. Their tech is involved in both things. We'll explain. 👇👇👇
fortune.com/2019/12/11/pal… Palantir works for Homeland Security Investigations, the part of ICE that does "transnational crime" but is *also* closely involved in deportations through workplace raids, as their chief admits here.

Thousands are arrested in these raids every year.
Oct 2, 2019 9 tweets 5 min read
👇Read this story👇

An entire community in Washington stalked by two ICE agents sitting in a car, armed w/a laptop

They sit there day after day, entering license plates, addresses, names, w/access to vast databases provided by private firms

And then people start disappearing They arrest people like Gladys Díaz Tadeo, mother of 3, who sent a FB message to someone looking to buy one of her piñatas.

She went to meet the person at the bank. She was gonna make $20.

ICE was waiting. They arrested her.

Within 3 weeks, she'd been deported to Mexico.
Aug 20, 2019 7 tweets 3 min read
We just found out Palantir has renewed its ICE contract thru 2022. 😡😡😡

Amounts redacted, but they'll make MILLIONS.

Workplace raids, family members arrested at the border, protests every week, worker concerns—& Palantir is doubling down?!

fbo.gov/index?s=opport… Palantir helped arrest at least *443* ppl in a 90-day period, we revealed this year, helping ICE nab family members of kids who crossed border alone, including families who tried to claim them.

That's apparently not enough for them to stop working w/ICE.