Former President Donald Trump’s Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement Office will now be known as The Victims Engagement and Services Line. The Biden administration change is every bit as stark as the names imply. A federal office that once served to “acknowledge and serve the needs of crime victims and their families who have been affected by crimes committed by” illegal aliens has been liquidated and is being replaced by one dedicated to helping illegals “report abuse and mistreatment in immigration detention centers” and provide “a notification system for lawyers and others with a vested interest in immigration cases.”
Hug and Release
“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,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a June 11 ICE statement announcing the moves.
The downplaying of this genuine threat to U.S. citizens comes only two weeks after a Davenport, Iowa jury on May 28 found Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 26-year-old illegal alien “farm worker,” guilty of the savage July 2018 murder of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts.
On May 13, Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tae Johnson admitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security that his department was woefully lacking in its ability to track illegal aliens who are released into the American interior instead of being detained, pending deportation hearings.
“Can you state for the record that you’re not currently able to tell Iowans how many illegal immigrants are present in Iowa right now or how many [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] has released into the country with plans to be in Iowa?” Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) asked Johnson, who responded: “That is correct.”
“For individuals that are just released with a notification to report to ICE or to show up in court, then our ability to track those folks quite closely is much more limited,” Johnson went on to say.
Awkward Timing… Or Something More?
The acting director of the United States government department charged with playing a leading role in enforcing this country’s immigration laws acknowledged that illegal aliens are being cut loose to run free in this nation with no way of knowing where they are going or what they are up to. And he said this to a congressional representative from the state of Iowa as the Mollie Tibbetts murder trial was wrapping up.
Is it unfair to suggest that this goes beyond hideously poor public relations and moves into the realm of deliberate disdain for the well-being of Americans? The administration appears to be sending a message to the people of this country that citizenship does not confer any special rights or protections in one’s own homeland.
“The Victim Of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office is terminated,” the June 11 ICE press release snappily declared. “The new program will serve as a more comprehensive and inclusive victim support system offered by ICE that will ensure services are offered to all victims regardless of immigration status of the victim or perpetrator.”
Reaching out to American victims of illegal alien crime is out the window. “Inclusive support systems” for those who have brazenly flouted the integrity of the U.S. border, the rule of law and the innate rights as citizens of a sovereign nation is in. While you’re pondering the deeper ramifications of all this, here’s one more thing that should have happened last month, but didn’t. Mollie Tibbetts would have turned 23 on May 8.
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