10/29/2013 09:35 am ET

U.S. Cannot Use To Track And Deport Undocumented Immigrants


Although the new health care exchange system requires potential enrollees to include a slew of personal information prior to viewing pricing options — including individuals’ immigration status — none of the information reported to the site is legally allowed to be used to enforce immigration law.

In a memo entitled “Clarification of Existing Practices Related to Certain Health Care Information,” the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office explained that their policy of collecting information on immigration status from health care providers has not changed despite the new federal system. The memo explains that the ICE cannot use any of the personal information provided by individuals about their own immigration status or the status of their families as evidence of breaking immigration laws.

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