This practice advisory lays out the reasons why, for now, DACA applicants should feel safe that the Trump Administration will not use information contained in a DACA application to deport them.
When President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, the government assured applicants that it would not use information included in DACA applications to deport applicants or their families. Relying on the government’s promise, nearly 800,000 young people have applied for and received DACA.
In 2017, the Trump Administration changed its immigration policy to make it possible to disclose information shared by DACA applicants. This change of policy has caused much confusion and fear among DACA applicants who worry that their information will be used against them.
In March 2018, however, a federal court temporarily forced the government to protect information from disclosure if the information came from a DACA application.