Some States Seek to Curb Sharing of Immigration Data

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As the Trump administration cracks down on illegal immigration, several states dominated by Democrats are pushing laws and regulations that would prevent sharing data about immigration status with federal authorities, NPR reports. When people apply for driver’s licenses or pay taxes, they share personal information with the government. Now, many immigrants are concerned about how that information could be used against them. California is one of several states moving to tighten privacy laws

One bill from the Senate leader would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources for immigration enforcement purposes. That bill is moving rapidly through the Democratic-controlled legislature and stands a good chance of passing. At least half a dozen states mostly dominated by Democrats have adopted or proposed similar policies. The law enforcement community opposes these measures. Bill Johnson of the National Association of Police Organizations says, “There’s a great risk of the delegitimization of laws in general where legislatures or judges can kind of pick and choose which laws they want to enforce, which laws they want to obey.” He adds that states “have no problem sharing data with the federal government if it means more money for the state.”

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