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DACA recipient information not properly protected

The United States is a nation that was essentially built on immigration. It was immigrants first from countries in Western Europe that established the republic in the eighteenth century. Through the first part of the 1900s, the wave of immigration from Italy, Ireland and other nations in that region continued. Over time, the country saw a growing number of people come to make a better life for themselves and their families from other parts of the globe, including Asia, South America and Latin America.

It seems that despite the fact that the country is one founded on immigration to a large degree, many people who were not born in the U.S. fear that they will not be able to remain here. In 2012, the then-President created a new program that gave some of these people renewed hope that they could continue to build their futures in America.

As explained by CNN, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was designed to give people brought to the country as minors a legal way to remain here. Part of the process for applying to this program required participants to provide a variety of information about themselves and even their family members. The government indicated that all DACA information would remain private. A recent report indicates that this did not happen.

DACA applications must be submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office. The department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it seems, has access to that department’s records. This discovery now makes many DACA recipients concerned about their futures and the potential that removal actions may be around the corner.

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