Despite the violence committed against American citizens and legal residents by foreign criminals and criminal gangs during the last three presidential administrations, the current occupant of the White House is the first to take direct action, according to law enforcement officials with the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP). And it’s being accomplished by kicking the progressives’ political correctness and euphemisms to the curb.
Although President Donald Trump and his national security team have noticeably intensified federal law enforcement, border security and immigration enforcement, he also has shown his deeply felt sympathy for the nameless victims of criminal aliens.
In fact, this week before he acknowledged his achievements during his first 100 days in office, President Trump’s administration unveiled a special section at the Department of Homeland Security to assist the victims of criminal immigrants.
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly announced the official launch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office. The VOICE office will assist victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens, both violent and property offenses.
“All crime is terrible, but these victims are unique—and too often ignored,” said Secretary Kelly. “They are casualties of crimes that should never have taken place—because the people who victimized them often times should not have been in the country in the first place.
The key objectives of the VOICE office are:
Use a victim-centered approach to acknowledge and support victims and their families.
Promote awareness of available services to crime victims.
Build collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders assisting victims.
ICE has established a toll-free hotline staffed with operators who will triage calls to ensure victims receive the support they need. The number is 1-855-48-VOICE or 1-855-488-6423.
The types of assistance people impacted by crimes committed by illegal aliens can expect include:
Local contacts to help with unique victim requests
ICE community relations officers will serve as a local representative explaining to victims what information is available and to help victims understand the immigration enforcement and removal process.
Access to social service professionals able to refer victims to resources and service providers
ICE has a cadre of 27 victim assistance specialists located across the country available to direct victims to a wide range of resources. The victim assistance specialists possess a high degree of specialized victim assistance expertise and training.
Assistance signing-up to receive automated custody status information
The DHS-Victim Information and Notification Exchange (DHS-VINE) is an automated service being launched that will help victims track the immigration custody status of illegal alien perpetrators of crime. More information about DHS-VINE and how to sign-up to receive automated alerts can be found at:https://vinelink.dhs.gov.
Additional criminal or immigration history may be available about an illegal alien to victims or their families
ICE will work with requesting individuals to determine what releasable information is available to victims about an alien involved in a crime.
ICE is employing a measured approach to building the VOICE office—meaning that it intends to expand the services VOICE offers in the future. This approach allows the office to provide immediate services to victims, but will also allow the agency to collect metrics and information to determine additional resource needs and how the office can best serve victims and their families moving forward.
Jim Kouri is a member of the Board of Advisors and a former vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Florida in May 1967. The Association was organized for educational and charitable activities for law enforcement officers in command ranks and supervisory agents of state & federal law enforcement agencies as well as leaders in the private security sector. NACOP also provides funding to small departments, officers and the families of those officers paralyzed and disabled in the line of duty.