Wednesday, June 16, 2021
President Trump tarred Mexican immigrants as criminals who should be removal priorities. Times are changing,
CNN reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "has terminated the Trump-era office that focused on victims of crimes linked to undocumented immigrants, another move the Biden administration has taken to distance itself from President Donald Trump's immigration policies."
ICE terminated the Victim of Immigration Crime Engagement office and replaced it with a program providing victim support regardless of immigration status of the victim or perpetrator. The June 11 annuncement states:
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced the launch of the Victims Engagement and Services Line (VESL). The Victim Of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office is terminated. The new program will serve as a more comprehensive and inclusive victim support system offered by ICE that will ensure services are offered to all victims regardless of immigration status of the victim or perpetrator. The expanded services provided through VESL will include guidance on available U- and T-visa resources and information about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign to counter human trafficking."