The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday made good on a Trump administration promise by opening a new government agency for victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
The office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, or VOICE, was opened by DHS Secretary John Kelly, who was joined by both Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan and House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. At the joint press conference, Kelly said the VOICE office will help "shine a light" on victims.
"We are giving people who are victimized by illegal aliens, for the first time, a voice of their own," Kelly said. "They're casualties of crimes that should have never taken place."
The office is also a means to more broadly carry out the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies. The office will ensure that victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants will be kept informed of the suspects' proceedings through the office.
In his address to a joint session of Congress in February, President Trump said the office would support the "victims of crime" and provide "a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests."
The Trump administration has been pushing its tough on immigration policies as Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office.