Norma Torres and Verónica Escobar Team Up to Protect “Dreamers’” Private Information from Use for Deportation
There is currently no guarantee in place to prevent Homeland Security from using DACA applicant’s data for deportation purposes. Congresswomen Norma Torres (D-CA) and Verónica Escobar (D-TX) are aiming to change that and have teamed up to introduce the Protect DREAMers Confidentiality Act. The legislation would protect “Dreamers’” private information, such as addresses and phone numbers, from being used by Homeland Security for deportation purposes. Specifically, the bill would safeguard the confidentiality of information submitted in requests for the DACA program from disclosure to ICE or Customs and Border Protection for any purpose other than implementing the DACA program, unless there are national security concerns. “When we look at the Homeland Security Department’s actions throughout the Trump administration, it’s clear that Secretary Nielsen can’t be trusted to protect DREAMers’ personal information,” said Torres. Escobar added that Congress has a duty to protect “Dreamers” against the administration and “take real steps to ensure the confidential information they provided about themselves and their families is never used against them,” said Escobar. This bill is the House companion to legislation introduced in the upper chamber by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) in January. More here.