Why Is There a New Office for Victims of Crimes by Immigrants?

VOICE stands for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. The office is a new addition to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), established to “fulfill President Trump’s commitment to help people affected by criminal activity perpetrated by criminal aliens.”

Crime committed by immigrants has been a key point for Trump since he was a candidate. At the Republican National Convention, he featured families who had lost children and spouses to violent acts committed by people who were living in the United States illegally.

The focus on immigrant crime has given Trump a big boost with some of his base, but human rights activists have said this rhetoric sends the message that all immigrants are criminals.

So what exactly does this new office do?

By Fernanda Echavarri for LATINO USA
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