Trump’s VOICE Office Was The Only Moment The Drew Boos At His First Joint Address

This was the only time President Trump got booed during his joint session address.

President Trump gave his very first address to Congress this week and it was noticeably more reserved than his past speeches. He spoke about paid family leave, affordable healthcare, and promised to pass clean air and water initiatives (despite working to dismantle President Obama’s clean water rule). Each of these long-held Democratic policies were greeted with applause from politicians on both sides of the aisle. But the most memorable moment of ire came when Trump talked about a new office he wants enacted in the Department of Homeland Security called Victims Of Immigrant Crime Engagement (VOICE). According to CNN, the VOICE office will be funded by funneling resources currently being used to advocate for undocumented immigrants. To make a point about the importance of the office, Trump invited the families of people killed by undocumented immigrants and called them by name during his speech.

Some people immediately voiced their opinion:

Some people pointed out the similarities between Trump’s VOICE and the recurring list of crimes by Jews published in Nazi Germany.

One of VOICE’s duties is to print a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented and documented immigrants.

Others pointed out the real issue with the perceived narrative that a list of crimes committed by immigrants would create.

It has been statistically proven that immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans. In fact, Business Insider reported that even though the foreign-born population has grown from 7.9 percent in 1990 to 13.1 percent in 2013, violent crimes fell by 48 percent. Furthermore, Pew Research Center found that immigrants are almost 10 percent less likely to commit crimes compared to native-born Americans.

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He Was Taking His Children To School When ICE Stopped And Arrested Him Half A Mile From His Daughter's School


He Was Taking His Children To School When ICE Stopped And Arrested Him Half A Mile From His Daughter’s School

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For more than two decades, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez — an immigrant from Mexico — has called the U.S. his home. On Tuesday, February 28th, the 48-year-old father of four had just dropped off his 12-year-old daughter at a Los Angeles area school when he was directed to pull over by two vehicles that had apparently been tailing him.

After getting out of the car, Avelica-Gonzalez’s wife watched on from the front seat as ICE officials arrested her husband. From the backseat, his 13-year-old daughter, Fatima Avelica, captured the ordeal on camera, sobbing as her father was driven away.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the arrest took place barely a half mile from his younger daughter’s school.

Avelica-Gonzalez, who is originally from Nayarit, Mexico, LAist reports, has lived in the U.S. for the past 25 years.


In an interview with Democracy Now!, Emi Maclean, the immigration attorney working with the detained’s family, said that Avelica-Gonzalez’s deportation stems from two prior convictions. One was from a 2008 DUI case, and the other occurred in 1998 when Avelica-Gonzalez received a stolen vehicle registration tag, which he couldn’t obtain otherwise because he couldn’t legally acquire a driver’s license at that time.

ICE acted on a 2014 order for Avelica-Gonzalez’s deportation.

Avelica-Gonzalez’s immediate deportation was delayed thanks to the efforts of the community.

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Maclean told Democracy Now! that ICE officials had planned to put Avelica-Gonzalez on a bus to Tijuana the same day he was detained. With the help of the community and his attorney, “an emergency stay of removal” was filed on behalf of Avelica-Gonzalez, the Los Angeles Times reports. Advocates have been fighting to keep Avelica-Gonzalez in the country and a rally has been scheduled for March 6th.

As Maclean told Democracy Now!, the community’s involvement is very important to keeping the father of four in the country, saying:

[P]art of why it has been so important to have the community rally around Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez’s case is to demonstrate that no one is disposable. That we need to contest every single case.

Since the arrest, Avelica-Gonzalez has been detained in a facility in Adelanto, California.

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Avelica-Gonzalez’s family has not yet been able to visit him in the facility in which he is being held thanks to a quarantine. For now, the family awaits to find out what will happen to their father and husband, who, according to the Los Angeles Times, is the sole income provider in the family.

[h/t] Immigrant arrested by ICE after dropping daughter off at school, sending shockwaves through neighborhood

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