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In a drastic change of priorities, President Joe Biden has shuttered a Department of Homeland Security office dedicated to serving the victims of illegal alien criminals and replaced it with a new office designed, instead, to serve illegal aliens.
Launched by the Trump administration in April of 2017, the Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) was designed specifically to “acknowledge and serve the needs of crime victims and their families who have been impacted by crimes committed by removal criminal aliens.”
The fact sheet posted below by former Trump-era U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official Jon Feere offers more information on VOICE:
Here’s an ICE fact sheet on the VOICE Office. It’s quite unbelievable that the Biden admin has such a negative view of victims that it doesn’t want to continue offering this support. pic.twitter.com/P0ydVGgQkC
— Jon Feere (@JonFeere) June 11, 2021
Its replacement, the Victims Engagement and Services Line (VESL), will instead focus on providing “methods for people to report abuse and mistreatment in immigration detention centers and a notification system for lawyers and others with a vested interest in immigration cases,” according to the Associated Press.
In other words, VOICE’s replacement will cater to illegal aliens, not their victims.
In a statement to the AP, former senior Trump White House official Stephen Miller decried the administration’s move as a “moral stain on the consciousness of a nation” and likened it to opening “a call center to help drug dealers get lawyers and amnesty for their crimes.”
He echoed this anger on Twitter:
Biden just closed the DHS office that serves American victims of illegal alien crime (VOICE). It is replaced by a new office to help illegal aliens access free gov’t services, benefits & legal counsel. Law enforcement is now forced to aid lawbreakers. 1/2 https://t.co/lPrZtZfloN
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) June 11, 2021
This is in addition to all of the free help illegal aliens already get from mega-billionaires, the ACLU & powerful special interests. Americans have become second-class citizens in their own country. And grief-stricken families, mourning loved ones, are the collateral damage. 2/2
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) June 11, 2021
Feere was also taken aback by the move. In a statement to the AP, he noted that VOICE once helped a man whose sister was killed by a drunk illegal alien driver.
“It was a well-functioning, apolitical, victim-centered office that did a lot of good in providing a needed resource. This is a completely unnecessary change that trashes years of branding and outreach by career officials. If the Biden administration cared about victims, it would not have done this,” he added in a separate statement to The Washington Times.
The Times also spoke to Don Rosenberg, the president of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime. He too lost a loved one due to the actions of an illegal alien.
“It is not ICE or the Department of Homeland Security’s function to ‘help’ illegal aliens. This new office is another outrageous violation of our immigration laws and another ‘service’ to allow illegal aliens to remain in America,” he said to the Times.
Rosenberg was not mentioned by the AP, which instead dedicated its “reporting” to trying to debunk former President Donald Trump’s legitimate concerns about the preponderance of crime committed by illegal aliens.
Seventh illegal immigrant accused of sex crimes in same county https://t.co/CxFifWUEAd
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 1, 2019
“While studies suggest immigrants are less likely to commit crime than native-born, Trump relentlessly sought to establish a link,” the far-left outlet claimed.
Notice the use of the term “immigrants.” It appears the outlet may have been trying to bamboozle its audience by including legal immigrants with illegal aliens.
It’s not clear whether the new office will dedicate any resources at all to serving the interests of the victims of illegal alien crime.
VESL’s official page on ICE’s website makes zero mention of the victims of illegal alien crime. Instead, it appears to frame everything through the interests of illegals.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas appears to be proud of the new office.
“Providing assistance to society’s most vulnerable is a core American value. All people, regardless of their immigration status, should be able to access victim services without fear,” he reportedly said in a statement.
This switch in priorities comes as the Biden administration continues to fail in its “efforts” to stop the tide of illegal migration occurring daily across the southern U.S. border.
The #BidenBorderCrisis continues to deteriorate:
February: 101,120 illegal alien apprehensions
March: 173,348 illegal alien apprehensions
April: 178,622 illegal alien apprehensions
This is a catastrophe on the border. https://t.co/YOBZ1SLc4r
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 12, 2021
A coyote brazenly walks illegal Venezuelan migrants across the Rio Grande, right in front of @CBP officers. The migrants were directed to processing. The coyote strolled back across the river to get more migrants. pic.twitter.com/0ybRYtGGTw
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) May 11, 2021
A large part of the problem is the administration’s continued insistence that the root cause of the migration is climate change, when the facts demonstrate that its true roots are the administration’s incentivization of illegal migration and its lax policies.
According to Miller, all Biden had to do was leave in place his predecessor’s border policies. But instead, the president decided to do things his way.
All @POTUS had to do was leave these profoundly effective & humane policies in place. Catch-and-release was OVER. The border was secure. A framework for regional rejuvenation was in place. And the Biden Admin set everything on fire, producing utter humanitarian disaster.(11/11).
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) March 29, 2021
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