By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 minute read)
NBC News reports that when Trump announced his office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, or VOICE, during his recent speech on Capitol Hill there were moans and boos from the Democratic side of the aisle.
Critics are quick to say they’re not insensitive to the victims of crime, but they see this VOICE office as exploiting victims for political points. The office, they say, further perpetuates the idea that immigrants are criminals when data shows the opposite – studies show that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than the native-born.
What stands out for me is that this hardline immigration initiative came in a speech that media and political observers praised as a toned-down Trump delivery. They couldn’t stop talking about how measured and presidential Trump sounded. But for all its newfound normalcy Trump’s rhetoric didn’t change.
The office is redundant. Again NBC: “The Office for Victims of Crime already exists in the Department of Justice. It was created by Ronald Reagan to focus on all types of crimes and all types of victims.”