From the Federal Register:
Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program
Purpose(S): The matching program entitled “Verification Division USCIS/ED” will permit ED to confirm the immigration status of alien applicants for, or recipients of, financial assistance under title IV of the HEA, as authorized by section 484(g) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1091(g)). The title IV, HEA programs that are covered by the agreement include: The Federal Pell Grant Program, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program, the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Program, the Federal Perkins Loan Program, the Federal Work-Study Program, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.
Categories of Individuals: The individuals included in this matching program are those who provide an Alien Registration Number when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, to determine their eligibility for title IV, HEA program assistance.
Categories of Records: Data that are sent from ED to DHS include the individual’s: Alien registration number, first and last name, date of birth, current Social Security number, and gender. This action will initiate a search for corresponding data elements in a USCIS Privacy Act system of records. When a match of records occurs, the USCIS system will add the following data to the record and return the file to ED: The primary or secondary verification number, the date of entry into the U.S., the country of birth and the USCIS status code of the alien applicant or recipient. ED translates the code to determine whether the applicant is an eligible non-citizen or that this determination could not be made.
Why is it necessary to keep two sets of records on individuals from other countries?
Are we afraid, as a nation, to educate individuals simply because of their origin of birth?
Is an individual seeking knowledge a threat to the security of Americans?
If we provide every child in America with an excellent education, we won’t have to worry about paying for their education or what they will do with their knowledge once received.
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