‘To Further Vilify Immigrants, He’s Creating a Crime Victim Office’
PresidentÂ Donald Trump during his Tuesday night address to Congress announced he is creating a new office in the Dept. of Homeland Security to assist American citizens who have been victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. It’s unclear why the nationality or legal status of the criminal would necessitate additional, heightened assistance from the federal government, and that’s because it doesn’t.
“I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims,” Trump’s speech reads. For some reason “Victims” is capitalized in the official White House transcript. “The office is called VOICE â€“- Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement,” he told Congress.
DemocratsÂ could be heard gasping and groaning.
Listen, as he makes his announcement halfway through this short clip:
Trump’s VOICE office announcement was met by audible groans pic.twitter.com/Zr600GZe09
â€” VICE News (@vicenews) March 1, 2017
“We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests,” Trump told lawmakers, but really, the American public, especially his base.
Who is silencing the victims? Does theÂ President think the news media doesn’t report crimes if the perpetrator is undocumented? Because that’s absurd.
Why does the legal status of the criminal matter, to the victim, or to anyone else? A crime is a crime.
Local law enforcement and prosecutors are responsible for assisting victims of crimes, not the federal government, unless it’s a federal crime.
By creating this new office Trump is literally endorsing the mentality that all immigrants are criminals. He is, in the minds of many Americans, criminalizing all immigrants.
Michelle Avery Weston, whose Twitter bio says she is a “former fed,” posted these tweets showing her old business card, toÂ explain why there’s no need for this, and what Trump is actually doing:
There’s no need for duplicate DHS services, solely for “victims of immigrant crime.”
DOJ’s OVC works w/ all agencies to serve all victims. https://t.co/OFtUSMXCbB
â€” Michelle AveryWeston (@michellany) March 1, 2017
To further vilify immigrants, he’s creating a crime victim office in DHS. ðŸ™„
US Crime victims have been served for decades by DOJ’s OVC. pic.twitter.com/IpRjXPhr9B
â€” Michelle AveryWeston (@michellany) March 1, 2017
It is literally a stunning move from a president who claims he wants to embrace the Tenth Amendment, a president who just revoked federal guidance designed to help school districts protect the rights of transgender students, saying it is a states’ rights issue. Why would the federal government need to intervene in these cases?Â
What Trump is actually doing is criminalizing all immigrants, regardless of their legal status.
He’s telegraphing that immigrants are dangerous, they are criminals, such terrible criminals that we need to create a special federal office to help their victims.
NCRM has reported this before: Trump sees all immigrants, everywhere, as “illegal.”Â
Days before his inauguration, Trump railed against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, attacking her for opening up Germany to Syrian refugees. These are people fleeing civil war, people who are leaving everything they own desperate to find a safe haven, a place to protect their families.Â
Trump chastised the German leader, saying, “Merkel “made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know taking all of the people from wherever they come from. And nobody even knows where they come from. Youâ€™ll find out, you got a big dose of it a week ago. So I think she made a catastrophic mistake, very bad mistake.”
They aren’t “illegal” when they are invited into the country and processed through that nation’s immigration facilities.
But to Trump, all immigrants are “illegal.” And that’s dangerous.
Here’s what others had to say on Twitter:
Trump creation of “VOICE”- meaning Victims of Immigrant Crime – will serve to criminalize immigrants.
â€” Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 1, 2017
mm yes wonderful how disciplined and speechly the president was in unveiling his new office to spread fear about Victims of Immigrant Crime
â€” Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) March 1, 2017
Oh shit. The office of â€œVictims Of Immigrant Crime Engagement.â€ This is exactly how it starts. #jointsession
â€” Jason Karsh (@jkarsh) March 1, 2017
VOICE just puts immigrants at risk. It does nothing to address immigrant crime, but rather will incite hate crimes. #JointAddress
â€” Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) March 1, 2017
Collective *gasp* as Trump announced VOICE Victims of Immigrant Crime. Criminalizing immigrants.
â€” Lisa Suhay (@NiceChess757) March 1, 2017
â€” Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) March 1, 2017
Trump announced he’s creating the office of Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement -creating an institution out of his lies about immigrants.
â€” Advancement Project (@adv_project) March 1, 2017
1. US citizens commit violent crimes @ higher rates than immigrants. 2. “Victims Of Immigrant Crime Engagement” makes no sense #JointAddress
â€” Sarah (@SarahCantSmell) March 1, 2017
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‘Flashback Much?’: Senator Mocked for Saying IG Report Made Him Feel Like He Had ‘Dropped Acid’
“About 25 percent of the way through it I thought I dropped acid. It’s surreal.”
A prominent Republican Senator is getting his own special due process on social media after using his precious time to question U.S. Dept. of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz by saying reading the 434 page report on the FBI’s Russia investigation was like dropping acid.
U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) admitted to Horowitz on Wednesday that he had not finished reading the lengthy document but was about 70 percent done. He also appeared to be trying to make the infractions about FISA warrants committed by FBI agents to be seen as unprecedented and historically offensive, in an attempt to serve President Donald Trump by damaging the reputation of the FBI.
“About 15 percent of the way through it made me want to heave,” Sen. Kennedy announced. “About 25 percent of the way through it I thought I dropped acid. It’s surreal.”
Someone can be heard laughing in the background.
Here’s John Kennedy comparing reading government documents to dropping acid, for some reason pic.twitter.com/EzQCLwvW32
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2019
Kennedy chose to focus on the misconduct by the FBI agents instead of on the actual investigation, which the Inspector General found to be warranted: that is, opening up the Russia probe to determine not only how Putin and his cronies attacked the U.S. election but to what extent any Trump campaign officials may have been involved.
The Louisiana Republican Senator was not done. He made clear someone would have to pay for the misdeeds.
Apparently it would not matter to Kennedy who.
“I hope you’ll tell your colleagues at the FBI that we appreciate their work, but this has got to be fixed. At minimum someone’s got to be fired,” he announced.
Many were perplexed and shared their concerns about Sen. Kennedy on social media.
So far in his line of questioning, Sen. John Kennedy has:
-complimented IG on the durability of his kidneys
-said he (Kennedy) thinks he might have dropped acid
-coined new nickname for Trump probe (“Misfire Hurricane”)
-used the word “chuckleheads”
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 11, 2019
If you’ve listened to U.A. Senator John Kennedy of late you’d also think that he’s dropped acid, more than once.
— Rabbi Jacob Herber (@rjherber) December 11, 2019
WHO KNEW that Rep. Sen. John Kennedy was once a Flower Child?
He was caught reminiscing during the senate hearing today,
“I thought I had dropped acid” he said with astonishment
— Dave Stancliff (@AsItStands63) December 11, 2019
— Thicky Ricardo- DRY wit not a DIMwit (@MsSmartie2u) December 11, 2019
Sen. Krazy Kennedy just said he ‘thought he’d dropped acid” in some context.
It fits just about any context in his case.
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) December 11, 2019
— T (@jnaneswari1) December 11, 2019
Senator Kennedy felt like he dropped acid? pic.twitter.com/A1LM63iPJ4
— Ardie (@Ardie85854079) December 11, 2019
I have @MSNBC on in the background while working and just had to stop and utter “WTF?” out loud when Kennedy said he felt like he had dropped acid?!?! hahaha I have no idea what that feels like but maybe it is a possible explanation for what’s wrong with him? lol #SenateHearing pic.twitter.com/ctXaSN6JwR
— Deanna Rilling🌹🏒🛳 (@DeannaRilling) December 11, 2019
Ted Cruz ‘Just Pumped Nonsensical Disinformation Into American Air Waves’: Former FBI Special Agent
During his turn to question Inspector General Michael Horowitz today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn’t really ask many questions, and instead chose to use his time to rant about what he believes are the corrupt origins of the investigation into Russia’s alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.
In a tweet, MSNBC’s Clint Watts wrote that Cruz “just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.”
Senator Cruz just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) December 11, 2019
Watch Cruz’s rant in the video below:
Lindsey Graham Explodes in Anger Demanding to Know Why FBI ‘Didn’t Tell Trump’ His Campaign Was Under Investigation
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham exploded in anger as he questioned Inspector General Michael Horowitz, demanding to know why the FBI did not notify then-candidate Donald Trump and his campaign in 2016 that they were the subjects of a counterintelligence investigation to determine how Russia was attacking the U.S. and if any members of the Trump campaign were involved.
Chairman Graham appeared to ignore all the signs that Donald Trump and his campaign may have been conspiring with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election, including Trump’s infamous “Russia, if you’re listening” remarks.
The FBI “never made any effort to brief Donald Trump about suspected problems within his campaign,” Graham lamented, again, ignoring the FBI was working to determine if Trump or anyone else was colluding with Russia.
The FBI did warn the Trump campaign Russia was working to undermine the election. Trump appears to have taken that warning as an invitation to an opportunity to win the election rather than to protect the nation.
“Why did they not tell him that” people like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos might be working wirh Russia, Graham asked.
Graham later says, “I hope all of us would appreciate if you really believe there may be somebody in my campaign working with a foreign power, please tell me. Why didn’t they tell Trump?”
Again, the FBI likely had reason to suspect Trump was that somebody.
Despite all this, the RNC opted to immediately post a clip of Graham defending Trump on YouTube and Twitter (below).
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 11, 2019
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