Trump's Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office: What You Should Know
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 04, 2017,
Mar 04, 2017, 0:50
He called it VOICE: Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement.
According to AOL, Democrats in the room emitted an "audible groan" in response to Trump's announcement.
Schumer continued: "Of course we want to go after the criminals".
The new office continues a dramatic overhaul of immigration policies.
The details aren't clear, more than a month after Trump set its creation in motion.
Although Trump's speech may have been the first time many Americans heard about VOICE, it wasn't the first time the president announced his plan to create the office, which has its roots in the Remembrance Project, a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to bringing attention to the victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. "We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests", Trump told Congress. And it follows Mr. Trump's trail of falsehoods on this subject, from his promise to round up between 2 and 3 million immigrants with criminal records (who don't actually exist in anywhere near such abundance) to his claim that Mexico will pay for a wall (it won't, even if it means losing US aid, much of which, incidentally, goes to fighting the drug cartels). City-specific studies of New York, Chicago, Miami, San Antonio, El Paso, and San Diego have all found similar findings. No one in the White House or DHS has really explained that yet. An ICE spokeswoman emailed a statement largely reiterating what Trump said the previous night. Setting up a "VOICE" office in DHS is not some act of compassion or even public safety but one of exploitation and xenophobia, a despicable desire to rally Americans in hatred and anger against a minority group - usually Latino immigrants. Search her name on Google, and you get 165,000 hits including references to "Kate's Law", an effort to increase the criminal penalties for people who re-enter this country after deportation. Two of those slain had been Northern California sheriff's deputies.
Shaw's teen son, Jamiel Shaw Jr., was murdered by a gang member living in the USA illegally. "But he never got the chance".
"Then think about whether the narrative the Administration is pushing fits with what they know about the immigrants in their community", he says. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.). The Pew Research Centre have actually documented lower crime rates in immigrant communities than amongst USA citizens. (Those numbers include noncitizens both legally and illegally in the country). "I think journalists are having some difficulty trying to report the facts that countermand the many, many assertions that [Trump] and [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions are making about crime".
Numerous studies show that immigrants, including illegal immigrants, are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens.
The report, however, urged caution because of variations in reporting and definitions at the federal, state and county levels.
Ever since he announced his presidential campaign back in 2015, Trump has made numerous claims about undocumented immigrants in the USA leading to increased crime rates. Whatever new level of compassion President Trump has recently discovered in himself, it obviously doesn't extend to women and children fleeing gang violence in Central America or the other honest and hardworking souls who seek a better life and whose presence would benefit this country - if we had a leader willing to forge a legal pathway for them.
Sanders also mentioned victims of hate crimes by non-immigrant perpetrators, wondering why Trump did not mention them. The Secretary shall direct the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take all appropriate and lawful action to establish within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement an office to provide proactive, timely, adequate, and professional services to victims of crimes committed by removable aliens and the family members of such victims.
Coulter's implication here is that immigrants who came before 1970 (mostly Europeans) were fine, but the (mostly non-European) ones who have come more recently are generally parasites and criminals.
"Crimes are committed by persons".