Biden Dismantled Trump-Era Office Helping Victims of Immigrant Crime

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Last Friday, the Biden administration ripped the Trump-era office made to help victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. This move symbolizes Biden’s rejection of Trump’s efforts to link immigrants to crimes. 

The latest Biden misstep

During his first week in office back in January 2017, former President Trump created the Victim of Immigration Crime Office (VOICE) through an executive order. However, last Friday, the Biden administration decided to get rid of the VOICE. 

According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, they will replace the VOICE with a more “comprehensive” and “inclusive” system. 

The Victims Engagement and Services Line will succeed the VOICE. This will be combined with other services for immigrants, including methods for people to report abuse and mistreatment in detention centers. Notification systems for lawyers will also be made through this new system. 

The newly built office will also provide added service for potential beneficiaries of visas, victims of human trafficking, and other violent crimes in the United States. 

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According to Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, assisting the “most vulnerable” is a “core” of American value. He added that everyone, regardless of their immigration status, should have access to services without fear.

The decision to dismantle VOICE a “moral strain”

Meanwhile, a key author of Trump’s immigration policies, Stephen Miller, said that the decision to get rid of VOICE is a “moral strain” to the conscience of the United States.

He then linked this to the newly created system by the Drug Enforcement Administration: a call center to assist drug dealers in getting lawyers and amnesty for the crimes they committed.

Miller then added that the Department of Homeland Security is not a legal help center for lawbreakers and criminals. Instead, it is a “law enforcement agency.”

The most recent quarterly report of VOICE stated that it fielded at least 781 calls within three months period. They added that half of these calls were about immigration cases, and most of them were referrals for assistance such as social services to help cope with the impacts of assault or domestic violence. 

The shift in tone about immigration issues is striking between the Trump and Biden administrations.

Last April, the Biden administration also gave orders to U.S. Officials to stop using terms like “illegal aliens.” Instead, they should use “undocumented noncitizen.”

However, Vice President Kamala Harris attracted a string of criticism from some of the most pro-immigration allies of the Democrat Party after she made a bold statement during her visit to Guatemala.

During her visit to Guatemala, Harris told hopeful migrants who are planning to cross the U.S. border, “Do not come. Do not come.”

She also added that they would be surely denied entry at the border if they try to cross.