Does ICE have access to information of DACA approved DREAMers?

Way back in 2012 I had pointed out the worst case scenario for applying for DACA and mentioned that information that you will submit in order to be approved may be used against you.  While there was/is a promise that the information submitted in applications for DACA will not be automatically shared with ICE, I had warned that once you submit any information to any government (not just the US), you really have no control over it.

A recent report now confirms that while it takes a few steps to pull up detailed information on any DREAMer has ever applied for DACA, it is possible to do so.  And I am not surprised.  DREAMers have applied for deferment of their deportation, a work permit, and Social Security numbers have had to provide detailed information about them, their families, and have been fingerprinted/ photographed.  It would be naive to think that, if the authorities wish to use this information, they would hesitate to do so.

It is important to remember that every time you apply for a benefit (driver's license, file taxes, collect stimulus check, claim earned income tax credit, apply for food stamps, etc.) you are submitting a lot of information to the authorities, and while this information sits in multiple databases run by different agencies, it is not uncommon to see data sharing between different agencies.  So, indeed it is true that the IRS database does not have precise details on your immigration status and your USCIS file does not have precise information on your tax documents, officials can request access to these databases.  For example, the department of motor vehicles can now access federal databases to check if someone is a citizen or in the country legally.

In other words, be aware that the benefits of being legal and having the right to work, also mean that you cannot hide.  I have heard from DREAMers who are planning to change address if the Supreme Court declares DACA as unconstitutional, just remember that you will probably file a change of address request with the Post Office, change it on your license/registration, etc.  The government can easily access these databases, and can order private organizations like banks/credit card companies/cell phone providers to hand over information about you.  And finally, most people these days share way too much information about them on social media -- so it should not take authorities too long to track you down.

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