I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims.
The office is called VOICE — Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.
On Monday, the Trump administration followed through and published a report containing a list of alleged crimes committed by immigrants.
Picture: ICE screengrab
This first weekly report of cities was published by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Declined Detainer Outcome Report and covered 28 January to 3 February.
The report included “aliens” that were released from custody, as recent Federal court rulings found that holding people longer than usual for ICE violated the Fourth Amendment.
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said in a statement:
When law enforcement agencies fail to honour immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission…
Our goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners. We will continue collaborating with them to help ensure that illegal aliens who may pose a threat to our communities are not released onto the streets to potentially harm individuals living within our communities.
It has been painstakingly argued that a list such as this puts undue focus on immigrants, and a 2015 study by nonprofit American Immigration Council found:
Immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime.