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  • Article: Trump's VOICE: Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement By Kevin R. Johnson

    Trump's VOICE: Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement

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    Immigration Impact looks critically at a new Trump immigration innovation.* President Trump stated that he has “ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims during his Joint Address to congress. The office is called VOICEVictims of Immigration Crime Engagement.*This new office was created by on eofPresident Trump's January 25, 2017 immigration executive orders,

    The emphasis on victims of immigrant crimes*serves to scapegoat and demonize immigrants even though the data clearly shows that immigrants, including unauthorized immigrants, are less likely than native-born Americans to commit crimes.

    Immigration Impact identifies these negative impacts of the new office:

    1. Efforts like VOICE may create a climate of discrimination, suspicion, and hatred against all immigrants, and will embolden anti-immigrant groups.

    2. The money going to VOICE could be better spent to help victims.

    3. This administration’s policies interfere with the ability of local police to fight crime..

    4. Trump’s anti-immigrant polices may interfere with efforts to prosecute criminals and hold them accountable.

    This post originally appeared on Law Professor Blogs © 2014-2017 by Law Professor Blogs, LLC. All rights reserved.


    About The Author

    Kevin Johnson Kevin Johnson is Dean, Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law, and Professor of Chicana/o Studies. He joined the UC Davis law faculty in 1989 and was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1998. Johnson became Dean in 2008. He has taught a wide array of classes, including immigration law, civil procedure, complex litigation, Latinos and Latinas and the law, and Critical Race Theory. In 1993, he was the recipient of the law school's Distinguished Teaching Award.Dean Johnson has published extensively on immigration law and civil rights. Published in 1999, his book How Did You Get to Be Mexican? A White/Brown Man's Search for Identity was nominated for the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Dean Johnson’s latest book, Immigration Law and the US-Mexico Border (2011), received the Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards – Best Reference Book. Dean Johnson blogs at ImmigrationProf, and is a regular contributor on immigration on SCOTUSblog. A regular participant in national and international conferences, Dean Johnson has also held leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools and is the recipient of an array of honors and awards. He is quoted regularly by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other national and international news outlets.


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      ImmigrationLawBlogs -
      For those of us whose sense of not-so-ancient history has been made more vivid by Trump's campaign, election and behavior as president, it is impossible not to be reminded of the executed Nazi war criminal, Julius Streicher, whose infamous anti-Semitic hate sheet, Der Stuermer, regularly published lists of alleged crimes committed by Jews.

      This is not to imply that Trump is a war criminal or that he supports anti-Semitism, genocide, or extermination of anyone. There is not the slightest evidence that he is or does. But the common purpose of publishing real or alleged crimes by a particular group of people in order to stir up hatred and justify draconian measures against them is too obvious - and dangerous - to ignore.

      Today it may be lists of real or alleged crimes committed by, or charged against, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Asian or black immigrants (we are not likely to see many Russians or Sloveniens on the list). Tomorrow it could be the interment camps, not only for dark skinned immigrants, but for their US citizens family members, employers, friends and other supporters.

      Roger Algase
      Attornsy at Law
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