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Brennan Center calls on Government to Stop Using Information from Children to Deport their Family Members

The Brennan Center, the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, and the National Immigrant Justice Center, along with 109 other groups, have sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) demanding the agencies stop using information obtained from immigrant children to find, arrest, and deport their family members.

Published: November 28, 2018

In the letter, shown below, the Bren­nan Center, the Center on Privacy & Tech­no­logy at Geor­getown Law, the National Immig­rant Justice Center, and 109 other groups demand that the Depart­ment of Home­land Secur­ity (DHS) and the Depart­ment of Health and Human Services (HHS) stop the inhu­mane and illegal policy of using inform­a­tion obtained from vulner­able immig­rant chil­dren to find, arrest, and deport their parents and relat­ives when they come forward to assume respons­ib­il­ity for the chil­dren. The first arrests took place last summer and the prac­tice was form­al­ized as policy this spring by DHS and HHS. Given the contin­ued danger to immig­rant chil­dren, as evid­enced last week­end by the tear gas fired by Amer­ican officers to push immig­rants, includ­ing famil­ies, from the border fence, the need to protect these chil­dren from cruel and inhu­mane treat­ment has never been greater.

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DHS-HHS Letter