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Obama Administration Launches Free Hotline for Suspected Illegal Immigrants


"If they believe they may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime."

The Obama administration on Thursday launched a free hotline for people busted on immigration violations to call. (AP File Photo)

Amid growing state crackdowns on illegal immigrants, the Obama administration on Thursday launched a free federal hotline for people arrested on immigration violations to call and get help.

According to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement release, the free hotline will be staffed by ICE personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week for detained individuals to call "if they believe they may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime."

The Department of Homeland Security launched the measure, along with a new detainer form, to make sure suspected illegals "are made aware of their rights" or "properly notified about their potential removal from the country," the release said.

The hotline, which will have translation services, will collect the caller's information and then refer it to a field office for "immediate action."

The Blaze reported on a similar hotline effort earlier this year -- see that report here.

The new detainer form -- paperwork the Department of Homeland Security issues that says it intends to take someone into custody -- also includes directions for individuals who have a "civil rights or civil liberties complaint" against ICE.

According to the release, the hotline is "part of a broader effort to improve our immigration enforcement process and prioritize resources to focus on threats to public safety, repeat immigration law violators, recent border entrants, and immigration fugitives while continuing to strengthen oversight of the nation's immigration detention system and facilitate legal immigration."

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