Feds create hotline for detained immigrants
Federal immigration officials Thursday announced creation of a telephone hotline to ensure that detainees held by local police are informed of their rights.
LOS ANGELES — Federal immigration officials Thursday announced creation of a telephone hotline to ensure that detainees held by local police are informed of their rights.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said the toll-free number, 855-448-6903, will field queries from detainees held by state or local law-enforcement agencies "if they believe they may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime," according to an ICE statement.
The hotline will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by ICE personnel, with translation services available in several languages.
Scores of local law-enforcement agencies partner with the federal government under the controversial 287 (g) program, established in 1996, which deputizes police to turn over suspects or criminals to immigration authorities for possible deportation. Normally police do not enforce federal law.
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