8 U.S.C. § 1367 - Penalties for disclosure of information

Cite as8 U.S.C. § 1367

(a) In general

Except as provided in subsection (b), in no case may the Attorney General, or any other official or employee of the Department of Justice, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of State, or any other official or employee of the Department of Homeland Security or Department of State (including any bureau or agency of either of such Departments)-

(1) make an adverse determination of admissibility or deportability of an alien under the Immigration and Nationality Act [ 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.] using information furnished solely by-

(A) a spouse or parent who has battered the alien or subjected the alien to extreme cruelty,

(B) a member of the spouse's or parent's family residing in the same household as the alien who has battered the alien or subjected the alien to extreme cruelty when the spouse or parent consented to or acquiesced in such battery or cruelty,

(C) a spouse or parent who has battered the alien's child or subjected the alien's child to extreme cruelty (without the active participation of the alien in the battery or extreme cruelty),

(D) a member of the spouse's or parent's family residing in the same household as the alien who has battered the alien's child or subjected the alien's child to extreme cruelty when the spouse or parent consented to or acquiesced in such battery or cruelty and the alien did not actively participate in such battery or cruelty,

(E) in the case of an alien applying for status under section 101(a)(15)(U) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [ 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(U) ], the perpetrator of the substantial physical or mental abuse and the criminal activity,1

(F) in the case of an alien applying for status under section 101(a)(15)(T) of the Immigration and Nationality Act ( 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(T) ), under section 7105(b)(1)(E)(i)(II)(bb) of title 22, under section 244(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act ( 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(3) ), as in effect prior to March 31, 1999, or as a VAWA self-petitioner (as defined in section 101(a)(51) of the Immigration and Nationality Act ( 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(51) ) 2, the trafficker or perpetrator,

unless the alien has been convicted of a crime or crimes listed in section 237(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [ 8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(2) ]; or

(2) permit use by or disclosure to anyone (other than a sworn officer or employee of the Department, or bureau or agency thereof, for legitimate Department, bureau, or agency purposes) of any information which relates to an alien who is the beneficiary of an application for relief under paragraph (15)(T), (15)(U), or (51) of section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act [ 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(T), (U), (51) ] or section 240A(b)(2) of such Act [ 8 U.S.C. 1229b(b)(2) ].

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