Raising the Alarm: The DACA Database is a Registry of Undocumented Immigrants

The DACA database is a registry of the names and addresses of millions of undocumented immigrants (800,000 DACA applicants and the millions of their family members and co-residents), and the fate of this existing registry is currently in the hands of forces that are openly hostile to immigrant communities. When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program, there was no guarantee given on what will happen with the information already collected. Given the rhetoric and the practices from this administration and from its agencies, and as organizations that work with undocumented community members everyday, we urgently raise the alarm bells for this registry. We call on our movements for immigrant, racial, worker justice, and privacy rights to demand the deletion of the DACA database.

Our country has an unfortunate and extensive history with registries. One of the most recent of which was the NSEERS (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) program, more commonly known as the Muslim Registry, which led to the registration of over 150,000 men and boys from Muslim-majority countries and the deportation of more than 13,000 people in the aftermath of 9/11. It was only through the organizing of directly impacted community members and the political direction and vision provided by them, that ensured the eventual discontinuance and finally the dismantling of the NSEERS program in December 2016. We have also been witness to the destruction that has been caused by tracking and targeting of millions of immigrants for deportations in the last several years, and through the increasing raids in the last few months.

We are a similar point in history where we need to have strong momentum with a grassroots-led movement demanding the deletion of the DACA database. While many of us are pursuing the legislative course of action to pass a Dream Act, there are no guarantees of safety from the Trump Administration or it’s agencies on the rights and security of millions of undocumented immigrants. We know that ICE already has a pending request to access the DACA data. There has been a 25% increase in the revocation of DACA in the last three months. The DHS memo on the DACA rescission includes language advising recipients to get their financial and travel arrangements in order within the next 6 months. The xenophobic and nativist logic and intent was clear in AG Session’s announcement. The millions of undocumented people who reside at the addresses of DACA recipients have never had any protections from deportations, and will continue to be at risk even if a dream legislation is passed. Fear of the data being weaponized to target, detain, and deport people is not theoretical. It is very real and expansive.

We cannot afford to only wait and see what happens legislatively, while a large registry of undocumented youth and their loved ones exists. We need immediate action to safeguard the millions of immigrants at risk from this registry. We call on the movements for immigrant justice, racial justice, privacy rights, and human rights to take up the fight to demand the complete elimination of the DACA database now.



AAAN - Arab American Action Network
AROC - Arab Resource & Organizing Center
BAJI - Black Alliance for Just Immigration
CCC - Center for Community Change
C4D - Connecticut Students for a Dream
DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving
FIRM - Fair Immigration Reform Movement
NYSYLC - New York State Youth Leadership Council
SAALT - South Asian Americans Leading Together
UndocuBlack Network
UWD - United We Dream

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African Advocacy Network
African Ancestral Lesbians United for Social Change
Alliance for Educational Justice
Alliance of Progressive South Asians
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Arkansas United Community Coalition
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta
APALA - Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
APEN- Asian Pacific Environmental Network
APIENC - API Equality - Northern California
AYPAL: Building API Community Power
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Black Language and Cultural Exchange  (BLCE)
Black Youth Project 100-NYC Chapter
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
Caribbean Equality Project
Center for New Community
Center for Popular Democracy
Chhaya CDC
Chinese for Affirmative Action
Chinese Progressive Association- San Francisco
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
Community Development Project, Urban Justice Center
Cosecha Movement
Daya Inc.
DC Alliance for Restorative Practices
Detention Watch Netowrk
Dream Act Oklahoma
DREAM Team Los Angeles
Education Initiative Association (EIA)
Fannie Lou Hamer Center for Change
Farmworker Association of Florida
Filipino Community Center
Free Press
Freedom Inc
Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York
Girls for Gender Equity (GGE)
HANA Center
Hudson Valley Community Coalition
IMI Corona
India Home, Inc.
Interfaith Worker Justice
International Migrants Alliance-USA
Jakara Movement
Jews For Racial and Economic Justice
Jobs With Justice
Korean Resource Center
La Raza Centro Legal
League of United Latin American Citizens
Legal Services for Children
Maine People's Alliance
Make the Road New York
Make the Road Pennsylvania
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Mekong NYC
Mi Familia Vota
Migra Watch Hotline-DC
Migrant Justice Solidarity Group of CARW
MinKwon Center for Community Action
Minority Affairs Council (MAC)
Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance
MLOV - Many Languages One Voice
Muslim Community Network
Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)
National Alliance of Filipino Concerns
National Council of Jewish Women
National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
National Employment Law Project
National Immigrant Justice Center
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
National Network for Arab American Communities
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Network Against Islamophobia
Network of Politicized Adoptees
New Mexico Dream Team
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
North Texas Dream Team
Northern Colorado Dreamers United
NQAPIA - National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Oregon DACA Coalition
Oregon Dream Act Coalition
Oxford Hills Indivisible
Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition
Philadelphia South Asian Collective
Project Hajra
Project South
Providence Youth Student Movement
Queens Neighborhoods United
Sadana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus
San Diego Dream Team
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)
SnoCo Indivisible
Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN)
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
South Texas Human Rights Center
Southern Poverty Law Center
SURJ - Standing Up for Racial Justice
Take On Hate
The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Translatina Network
T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Turning Point for Women and Families
UC San Diego Ethnic Studies Dept
Undocumented Student Program
United We Dream Houston
UnLocal, Inc.
Voto Latino
Wallingford Indivisible
Warehouse Worker Resource Center
Washington Dream Coalition
We Belong Together
Yonkers Sanctuary Movement
Youth Empowerment Alliance

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