Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton Have Started More Than $66 Million Worth of ICE Contracts Since Donald Trump Took Office

Professional services and consulting giants Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton have collectively started $66,721,241 worth in contracts with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) since President Donald Trump took office, according to the U.S. government's federal spending website.

According to the U.S. spending database, Deloitte has started $51,017,363 worth of contracts with ICE since Trump was inaugurated into the White House on January 20, 2017.

Deloitte's continued partnerships with ICE come a year after the professional services company faced severe backlash from its own employees over its relationship with ICE.

In July 2018, when ICE was facing widespread backlash over its role in families being separated and parents deported from the U.S. under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance," hundreds of Deloitte employees signed a petition calling on the company to end its partnerships with the immigration agency.

However, instead of heeding their "moral objections," Deloitte continued to sign agreements with ICE, with an analysis from Popular Information finding that Deloitte has entered into an additional $44 million worth of contracts with ICE since its workers voiced their opposition.

Deloitte also saw one of its biggest contracts with ICE in recent years begin in September 2017, with the award amounting to $7.7 million, according to the federal spending website.

Meanwhile, technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton has started $15,703,878 worth of contracts since January 20, 2017, with the company beginning a more than $10 million contract with ICE in September 2018, months after the Trump administration's "family separation" policy was brought to an end following widespread condemnation.

While the contracts between ICE and both companies began after Trump's inauguration, they may have been signed before the U.S. leader took office.

Analysis by Popular Information—which is run by Judd Legum, who previously served as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's research director—found that under the Trump administration, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton have collectively signed more than $175 million worth of contracts with ICE since January 2017.

"These companies have continued to profit from Trump's anti-immigrant crackdown over the protests of many of their employees," Legum noted in a newsletter. "The companies have gotten more business after McKinsey, one of the largest consulting firms, announced last year it would no longer do business with ICE."

According to Legum's analysis, Deloitte has entered into more than $103 million worth in contracts with ICE under the Trump administration, despite opposition from workers.

Meanwhile, he said, Booz Allen Hamilton has reportedly entered into more than $68 million in contracts with the embattled immigration agency under the Trump administration, including more than $33 million directly linked to "detention compliance and removals."

Also facing questions around its collaboration with ICE in July 2018, Booz Allen Hamilton sought to defend its partnership with the agency, asserting that its work did not directly involve the "separation of children from adults."

The company did not expand on how its partnerships with ICE were completely removed from family separation, however.

While PricewaterhouseCoopers, Legum noted, has had fewer contracts with ICE, it has reportedly collected more than $5 million in contracts with the agency, with all of those contracts being directly connected to "detention compliance and removals."

Despite facing backlash over their partnerships with ICE, all three companies have decided to maintain their relationships with the immigration agency, which oversees deportations from the U.S.

Other companies, however, have taken a different tack, with consulting firm McKinsey announcing in July 2018 that it would no longer be doing any business with ICE. The company's managing partner, Kevin Sneader, stated that McKinsey "will not, under any circumstances, engage in any work, anywhere in the world, that advances or assists policies that are at odds with our values."

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The Deloitte offices stand in 2 New Square on October 2, 2018 in London, England. According to the U.S. spending database, Deloitte has started $51,017,363 worth of contracts with ICE since Trump was inaugurated into the White House on January 20, 2017. Jack Taylor/Getty
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