Government Ends the Use of Data from Unaccompanied Children for Deportation
March 12, 2021
In a joint statement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the agencies terminated a 2018 agreement that previously formalized the practice of using information obtained from unaccompanied migrant children to deport relatives and other potential sponsors. EPIC previously urged HHS to abandon the practice of sending this data to DHS when the agency proposed a rule in 2018 to formalize the policy. EPIC argued the proposed rule conflicted with a Privacy Impact Assessment and undermine the welfare of unaccompanied children. EPIC also joined over 100 other groups to call for an end of the practice, stating that DHS has "taken a process designed to protect children and made it into a tool that uses them to find and deport their families." EPIC has previously warned Congress about the misuse of immigrant data by DHS.