Trump Announces 'Victims of Immigration Crime' DHS Program
Trump revealed the creation of VOICE, Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement, during his first speech before the Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday night. The new program, which he said will "provide a voice" to families of crime victims, will publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants.
Families of people killed by undocumented immigrants have been "ignored by our media," Trump claimed when announcing VOICE.
The list, as The Independent points out, resembles Breitbart's "Black crime" listings, which reports crimes committed by African-Americans. He did not specify whether VOICE will distinguish between crimes committed by documented or undocumented immigrants. The recently-inaugurated president also promised to construct a wall alongside its southern border with Mexico.
But immigration wasn't the only topic Trump covered.
His speech, which began at 9 p.m. Washington D.C. time, also focused on economics, foreign policy, and uniting the divided country.
“I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength," Trump said. “A new era of American greatness is now beginning.”
On economics, Trump promised to cut taxes for business owners while increasing spending on infrastructure. He said he is planning to ask Congress to approve US$1 trillion spending in infrastructure financed through public and private capital. He also said he is going to lower the cost of health insurance.
On foreign policy, Trump reiterated his "unbreakeable" allegiance to Israel while announcing sanctions for those connected with Iran's Islamic Revolution. He also said he strongly supports NATO, but said “America” must today be friends with “former enemies.”
As for his comments on a "divided America," Trump claimed "we are one people with one destiny" who all salute "the same great American flag."