ICE releases personal information of immigrant-crime hotline users


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released the private information of hundreds of people who called the agency’s Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE), The Arizona Republic reported Sunday.

Call logs to the VOICE hotline were posted to the agency’s website, and ICE released some private information to The Arizona Republic through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the news outlet reported.

{mosads}ICE admitted in a statement to The Arizona Republic that it posted private information that is protected by law. To remedy the situation, ICE offered identity-theft monitoring services to those affected by the disclosure and temporarily removed the contents of its FOIA library.

The VOICE hotline was originally intended as a way for victims to ask questions, but has instead become a crime hotline, according to The Arizona Republic.

President Trump made cracking down on immigration a focal point of his presidential campaign, and that focus has continued into his administration. ICE arrests increased sharply after Trump’s first few months in office.

While the government shutdown stretched into its second day Sunday, Democrats have opposed any funding measure that doesn’t come with assurances about addressing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants protections for certain immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

Republicans have said immigration reform should be negotiated separate from any funding measures. 

The Trump campaign released a new ad on Saturday calling Democrats “complicit” in murders committed by immigrants who are in the country illegally.

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