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:
VOICE is bullshit. Bull. Shit. #JointAddress
— rabia chaudry (@rabiasquared) March 1, 2017
Some people pointed out the similarities between Trump’s VOICE and the recurring list of crimes by Jews published in Nazi Germany.
— Lungta 💟🐎🕉 (@lungtawellness) March 1, 2017
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.
Trump's VOICE propagates the racist myth that immigrants are more dangerous than US-born citizens when the reverse is true. #JointAddress
— Nathaniel Woodward (@stubhubby) March 1, 2017
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.