McEachin Urges Trump Administration to Refrain from Using DACA Personal Information

September 11, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) joined 78 of his colleagues to send a letter to Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Duke, demanding that the Trump Administration refrain from using Dreamers’ personal information for any enforcement actions, including deportation.

“I was proud to join my colleagues in sending a letter demanding that Ms. Duke continue to ensure that personal data provided by 690,000 current DACA recipients will not be used against them in the future,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “DREAMers provided this information in the act of trust. We must not abuse that trust, and we must enact the DREAM Act as quickly as possible to ensure that the Trump Administration does not break up families.”

DACA recipients provided the Department of Homeland Security with personal information, such as name and address, to obtain protected status. The use of this information makes them easy targets for deportation.

“The young DREAMers who have come forward and shared not only their personal data, but that of their families with the federal government did so with many assurances from our government,” wrote the Members of Congress. “They were promised that, should they come out of the shadows, their residency and personal information would be protected. We have heard from countless young people who are terrified of their information being given to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and used for enforcement purposes. These young constituents have understandably lost faith in our government. We urge the Department of Homeland Security to protect this critical information, and ensure that this personal data will not be used for deportation purposes.”

Congressman McEachin is a cosponsor of H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017.

Full letter text is available here and below.

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