Trump Announces VOICE, a New DHS Office for American Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime

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By Joe Guzzardi

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March 6, 2017

One of the most compelling moments during President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress came when he announced that the Department of Homeland Security would form a new national office to assist the American victims of immigrant crime.

Family victims of alien murderers applaud Trump.

Called Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, or VOICE, the office will keep victims and their families updated on the status of their cases, including the suspects’ possible removal. Trump said that because of “special interests,” the media has minimized, assuming it’s reported on them at all, most of these crimes.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly noted the improvement between the Trump administration’s policy toward victims and former President Obama’s. Kelly said that under Obama, Immigration and Customs Enforcement could not talk with victims about their cases because of immigrant privacy protection requirements. According to Kelly, however, Obama’s policy left “victims feeling marginalized and without a voice.”

In the audience during his speech to Congress were Jamiel Shaw, whose teenage son was shot in Los Angeles by an illegal alien gang member, Susan Oliver and Jessica Davis. Susan is the widow of California deputy sheriff Danny Oliver, killed by twice-deported alien Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes aka Marcelo Marquez. Monroy-Bracamontes murdered Jessica’s husband Michael, another California law enforcement officer, during the same killing spree. Shaw, Oliver and Davis are a small fraction of American victims of illegal alien crime. The Remembrance Project maintains a more complete list here.

In a long overdue move, ICE will revamp its personnel to get the new office properly staffed, and is drafting outreach materials written to assist victims and their families.


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