Executive Order Strips Federal Privacy Protections From Immigrants

Executive Order Strips Federal Privacy Protections From Immigrants

Amidst all of the controversy and media attention directed at Trump’s first travel ban, many have missed a provision in one of his executive orders that removed federal privacy protections from many immigrants. The resulting fear is that the same personal information that immigrants freely provided the federal government during the Obama administration will now be used by the Trump administration to deport them. The George W. Bush administration originally extended some Privacy Act protections to certain groups of immigrants without citizenship or legal permanent resident status. These immigrants include participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, students, foreign workers, and asylum seekers. Trump’s break in this longstanding policy is concerning from many of these immigrants, many of which may be now facing deportation. Some see it as a major step forward in aggressive new tactics by the federal government and immigration officials to detain and deport as many as immigrants as possible. For example, more than 700,000 immigrants without status participate in DACA. In order to be a part of that program, immigrants had to submit extensive amounts of personal information, such as addresses, schools attended, and travel histories. Although a website describing the program states that information submitted for the purposes of DACA would be kept from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in most situations, there also is a provision stating that the policy could change at any time. While Trump has expressed a softened stance on DACA participants in recent weeks, uncertainty and fear about the fate of DACA participants remains. Although it is important to address federal privacy concerns, detention and deportation remain larger concerns in the immigration community. When you are facing detention and potential removal from the U.S., you need the strong and aggressive legal representation of California deportation defense lawyers all throughout this process. We can help you with all of the questions that are likely to arise during the deportation process. No matter what your situation may be, we are here to define your options, give you professional advice, and help you make the decisions that are best for you and your family. The attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. have the experience and knowledge that is necessary to advocate on your behalf and represent your interests in your legal proceedings, with the ultimate goal of avoiding deportation.
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