The almost 1 million young undocumented people who have applied for Daca protections gave the federal government their addresses, fingerprints and more

Donald Trump’s decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program from next March will leave almost a million young immigrants in fear that the personal information they voluntarily handed the federal government in signing up for the scheme could now be turned against them to facilitate their own deportations.

Tuesday’s announcement by the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, that the Obama-era protections against deportation for the young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” would begin to be dismantled in March 2018 puts the spotlight on the huge government database that has been compiled over the past five years. The records contain highly sensitive information on every individual who has applied for legal protection under the scheme, as well as relatives who might also be vulnerable to removal from the US.

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