Of­fice to aid vic­tims of il­le­gals’ crimes

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Di­nan

Home­land Se­cu­rity on Wed­nes­day will of­fi­cially open its of­fice to as­sist vic­tims of crimes com­mit­ted by il­le­gal im­mi­grants, mak­ing good on a cam­paign promise by Pres­i­dent Trump.

Mr. Trump has iden­ti­fied vic­tims of il­le­gal im­mi­grant crime as a for­got­ten pop­u­la­tion in the im­mi­gra­tion de­bate, and has given par­ents whose chil­dren were killed by il­le­gal im­mi­grants an un­prece­dented plat­form to make their case for stiffer en­force­ment.

The new of­fice is dubbed Vic­tims of Im­mi­gra­tion Crime Engagement, or VOICE.

“It re­ally is to give a voice to vic­tims of crimes com­mit­ted by those who are in the coun­try il­le­gally,” said Home­land Se­cu­rity spokesman David La­pan.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion had re­sisted such an of­fice for vic­tims. In­stead, it cre­ated a po­si­tion that ad­vo­cated for il­le­gal im­mi­grants within the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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