WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced her co-sponsorship of the Protect Dreamer Confidentiality Act, legislation to safeguard the private information—such as addresses and telephone numbers—of young immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as Dreamers. This legislation would protect Dreamers to ensure that they are not targeted for deportation by protecting DACA application information from being disclosed to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) for any purpose other than implementing DACA.
“It’s incredibly important that we safeguard the private information of young immigrants who were promised by the federal government that they would be protected when coming out of the shadows to enroll in DACA,” said Senator Rosen. “Our Dreamers in Nevada and across the country represent some of our country’s best and brightest, and they strengthen our nation through their countless contributions. I will continue fighting to pass legislation to give our Dreamers the protections they deserve so they can continue to contribute to the communities they call home.”
BACKGROUND: Nevada is home to 12,00 DACA recipients.
The Protect Dreamer Confidentiality Act would protect the confidentiality of information submitted in requests for the DACA program from disclosure to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Protection for any purpose other than implementing the DACA program, unless there are national security concerns or other limited exceptions.
On January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order calling for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to preserve and fortify the DACA program after former President Trump sought to end the program in September 2017.