Published: Sat, March 04, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Donald Trump announces new agency to publish weekly immigrant crime sheet

Donald Trump announces new agency to publish weekly immigrant crime sheet

'I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims'.

While victims of violent crimes deserve support, Trump's use of these limited examples to paint violent crime committed by undocumented immigrants as statistically significant risks stoking xenophobia. Ten months later, Trump invited four of them to his quasi-state of the union address, introduced them by name to the country, described the killings as vicious, and declared he was "providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media and silenced by special interests".

A6: ICE is now identifying resources and realigning existing personnel to support and establish the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office.

We can draw some dark comparisons between this policy and a similar policy enacted by the United States against Chinese immigrants, who were demonised as opium dealers and later deported en masse. "They may also have the most to lose, especially if they entered illegally or have family back home counting on their income".

"Obviously we should care about the victims of crime in general, but what concerns us is painting a false picture that immigrants are committing crimes in higher numbers than non-immigrants or that immigrants are not hard-working, law abiding people", says Lee Gelernt, the Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union's national Immigrants' Rights Project.

Krajicek said one of the problems with Trump's claims about immigrants and crime is that the far-right media pick them up without verifying that they're true. "Bad ones are going out as I speak and as I have promised throughout the campaign".

Trump invited three guests whose family members were allegedly killed by criminals living in the United States illegally, acknowledging them individually as he described his recent crime reporting initiative. Parents are scrambling to get documents in order to make sure their children are taken care of in the case of their deportation. Polis' group does the exact opposite - SAINT will collect stories from undocumented and documented immigrants, according to a release from his office, "who have positively contributed to US society through heroic or lifesaving acts".

"The idea is to have an office that will assist and advocate for people who have been victims or family members victimized by criminal immigrants", Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, said in an interview with The Daily Signal.

There're lots of common-sense reasons for why immigrants commit fewer crimes.

The creation of the office is already facing pushback.

If the Trump administration were to deemphasize these efforts, and illegal immigrants lost privacy protections, Chen said, he worries this will harm law enforcement investigations that depend on tips from residents. "Shame on those advocacy groups that are trying to minimize the experience of these families". The proposals, building on an earlier executive order by President Trump, amount to a sweeping plan to find and expel undocumented immigrants. As of two weeks ago, ICE was still figuring out how to establish and staff the Office, according to a statement provided to VICE News. "They may represent those among their countrymen with the most motivation and the greatest ability to seek a better life overseas", Bains notes.

"President Trump, any murder is a tragedy". "What I saw was the more important part-the emphasis on the jobs issue and reference to legal as well as illegal immigration", he says.

In the middle of his first address to Congress Tuesday night, Donald Trump pointed out "four very courageous Americans" in the audience. While those who champion tougher standards are looking forward to what's next, pro-immigration advocates are skeptical. "The ability for us to actually come out and tell our own stories is what's going to really get the American public [more] than saying that immigrants commit less crime", said Erika Andiola, an undocumented immigrant and former press secretary of Sen.

The release also cites a study by the University of California in San Diego which "clearly found that immigrant-friendly communities are both safer and more economically vibrant".

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