Saturday, March 18, 2017
Immigration Impact looks critically at a new Trump immigration innovation. President Trump stated that he has “ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims during his Joint Address to congress. The office is called VOICE – Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. This new office was created by on eofPresident Trump's January 25, 2017 immigration executive orders,
The emphasis on victims of immigrant crimes serves to scapegoat and demonize immigrants even though the data clearly shows that immigrants, including unauthorized immigrants, are less likely than native-born Americans to commit crimes.
Immigration Impact identifies these negative impacts of the new office:
1. Efforts like VOICE may create a climate of discrimination, suspicion, and hatred against all immigrants, and will embolden anti-immigrant groups.
2. The money going to VOICE could be better spent to help victims.
3. This administration’s policies interfere with the ability of local police to fight crime..
4. Trump’s anti-immigrant polices may interfere with efforts to prosecute criminals and hold them accountable.