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H.R. 1998 (116th): Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 29, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1998


March 29, 2019

(for herself, Ms. Escobar, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Omar, Ms. Norton, and Ms. Schakowsky) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To provide for the confidentiality of information submitted in requests for deferred action under the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of 2019.



In this Act:


DACA program

The term DACA program means the deferred action for childhood arrivals program described in the memorandum of the Department of Homeland Security entitled Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children issued on June 15, 2012.


Individual application information

The term individual application information means any information, including personally identifiable information, submitted to the Secretary after June 15, 2012, as part of a request for consideration or reconsideration for the DACA program.



The term Secretary means the Secretary of Homeland Security.


Confidentiality of information submitted for DACA program


In general

The Secretary shall protect individual application information from disclosure to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Protection for any purpose other than the implementation of the DACA program.


Referrals prohibited

The Secretary may not refer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Justice, or any other law enforcement agency any individual the case of whom has been deferred pursuant to the DACA program.


Limited exception

Individual application information may be shared with national security and law enforcement agencies—


to identify or prevent fraudulent claims;


for particularized national security purposes relating to an individual application; and


for the investigation or prosecution of any felony not related to immigration status.