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A new federal office will seek to assist victims of crimes committed by immigrants

A new federal office will seek to assist victims of crimes committed by immigrants

In the latest Trump administration effort to spotlight crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally, the head of Homeland Security on Tuesday launched a new office to help what he said are forgotten victims.

The office, part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was given a toll-free hotline to report crimes and to offer support to victims, including local contacts with immigration officers and access to social services. It also will focus on crimes by legal immigrants and issue reports.

“All crime is terrible but these victims are unique — and too often ignored,” Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told a news conference.

“They’re casualties of...

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