On April 21, 2020, ProPublica reported that contrary to previous assurances made to DACA holders and applicants by both the Obama and Trump Administrations, certain ICE officials are able to access information submitted to USCIS as part of DACA applications and renewals, such as name, address, parent’s names, information regarding prior deportations, and expirations of employment authorizations documents, through a shared database. The full article can be found here.
At this point in time, there is no suggestion that ICE has used this information to target DACA holders, or that it will do so in the future. However, ICE has not affirmatively declared that it will not use access or use this information moving forward, and therefore there is a risk it could use this information in the future, particularly if DACA is abolished by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chapman Law Firm is closely monitoring this situation and will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. If you have questions or concerns, please call (336) 334-0034, and one of our attorneys will be happy to discuss this matter with you further.