By Rick Oltman, June 14, 2017
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ended the policy of government cooperation with anti-enforcement, anti-deportation, pro-illegal alien groups and reassigned the 21 government employees to President Trump’s recently created Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (V.O.I.C.E.). V.O.I.C.E. is described in a February 20 memorandum from DHS Secretary General John Kelly aptly titled Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest.
This is a double win for America and those who want our immigration laws enforced.
And you can always tell when something like this is good for America because one of the Usual Suspects begins whining about it. In this case, it is Sarah Saldaña who created the pro-illegal alien cooperation program when she was Director of ICE from December 2014 to January 20, 2017. One complaint Saldaña has is that the ICE offices seem to spend a lot of time responding to people who want to report illegal aliens like victims.
June 10 marked the 18th anniversary of the first-ever congressional hearing about the victims of illegal immigration. In 1999, I worked with Congressman Lamar Smith’s staff on the Immigration Subcommittee and put together a list of victims of our out-of-control immigration policy.
The late, great Terry Anderson bluntly and succinctly told of the harm inflicted on black Americans in South Central Los Angeles. Also testifying was a mother whose son was killed by an illegal alien gang banger and two ranchers who lived near the border and saw their land overrun by illegals on a nightly basis. V.O.I.C.E. is a terrific concept.
Nobody likes exploiting someone’s injury or worse, the dreadful loss of a loved one. But if telling the painful truth about the victims of criminal illegal aliens will build public support for enforcement policies that can prevent, or at least vastly reduce the number of future victims, then it is worthy.
Maria Espinoza’s Remembrance Project has become the national voice for the victims of our shameful immigration policies of the past two decades. Her “Angel Moms” have received much-deserved national media attention in the last year.
One of the saddest things is that all our losses, all of the victims, are “unnecessary victims.”
When Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Prime Minister Winston Churchill early on what they should call World War II, he answered, “The Unnecessary War,” since those paying attention to unfolding events predicted that appeasement would eventually lead to disaster.
Similarly, all the victims of illegal alien criminals are “unnecessary victims” who would not have been hurt or worse if our borders were secure and our immigration and employment laws were enforced.
Ending federal government cooperation with anti-enforcement groups and directing our tax dollars to be used to help enforce our laws is a welcome change. And giving the victims of illegal alien criminals a V.O.I.C.E. will help build more public support for enforcement policies, answering back the pro-illegal alien supporters.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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