CHICAGO (WBBM) — The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has launched a new hotline to help immigrant families who face being split up by deportation.

The hotline is the first of its kind in the country, its operators say. It is all-volunteer-staffed and is paid for with no taxpayer support.

It is designed not to give legal advice to immigrant families who may be torn apart by deportation, but to point those families in the direction of help.

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U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) was at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum for the launch of the hotline. She says she represents a district with immigrants from all over the world.

“My staff have worked hard to help thousands of them with their immigration problems. Now we have a new ally and resource in that fight.”

Hotline volunteers speak English, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese.

The number is 855-help-my-family. (1-855-435-7693)

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