President Donald Trump proclaimed last week, April 2 to April 8, to be National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
“During National Crime Victims' Rights Week, we stand with crime victims and their families, we renew our commitment to safeguarding our communities from crime and we recognize those who devote their lives to supporting and empowering victims and survivors,” Trump said in a statement released April 3.
In the statement, Trump introduced a new office within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specifically concerning assistance for victims of crimes committed by immigrants.
“The Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE), within the Department of Homeland Security, will work to serve the victims of open borders policies — which will no longer form the basis of our immigration system,” he said. “These victims will not be ignored by the media or silenced by special interests any longer.”
Gov. Roy Cooper also released a statement supporting Trump’s appointment of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Cooper’s statement did not mention immigration crime or VOICE.