AZ Parents who lost sons to criminal illegals thank Pres. Trump for aid

Cronkite News surprises with the report, “Family members hail opening of office for victims of immigrant crime.” Kudos to ASU student reporter Andres Guerra Luz for the in-depth coverage. Deduct points for mischaracterizing illegal aliens as “immigrants.”

In announcing the opening of the office known as VOICE —  an acronym for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement — Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly used more accurate language, saying the office “will assist victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens.”

WASHINGTON – A new federal office that will assist victims of crimes committed by immigrants brought “relief and a sense of accomplishment” to parents of Arizona crime victims, on hand Wednesday to witness the opening of the office.

The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement – or VOICE – office fulfills a pledge by President Donald Trump, who often pointed on the campaign trail to crime survivors like Mary Ann Mendoza and Steve Ronnebeck, whose sons were killed by illegal immigrants in Arizona.

“It feels amazing,” said Ronnebeck, whose son Grant was shot and killed in 2015 during a robbery by an undocumented immigrant. He called the program a “perfect start” toward addressing these crimes that they say for too long have been brushed under the rug.

Immigration advocates have criticized the creation of the office, which they said will further criminalize immigrant communities in this country. Some advocates see the program as a way to justify aggressive enforcement against immigrants, who they said commit crimes at one-third the rate of native-born residents.

But Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, at a ceremony to launch the program, said it will help victims who “are too often ignored. They are casualties of crimes that should never have taken place because the people who victimized them should never have been in our country,” Kelly said.

The program, which will be part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, uses existing agency resources to help crime victims track public information on suspects accused in their crimes and to help answer victims’ questions about the immigration process.

The VOICE office includes 12 call centers staffed by ICE personnel who will direct victims of immigrant crime to resources like the Homeland Security Department’s new Victim Information Notification Exchange, which provides updates on the status of the accused.

But advocates charge that the office paints immigrants “with the brush of collective guilt” and “dehumanizes” them. Frank Sharry, executive director of the immigrant-rights group America’s Voice Education Fund, said in a statement Wednesday that creating the office is “disgusting and dangerous.”“The federal government has set up an entire office dedicated to the proposition that immigrants are uniquely criminal,” Sharry’s statement said. “This is as untrue as it is unfair.”

Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said that the office was not created because undocumented immigrants necessarily commit more crime than U.S. citizens, but because such crime exists at all.

Mendoza said the office gives victims and their families some place to turn when they are subject to crimes committed by removable immigrants. Her son, Mesa Police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, was killed in 2014 when a drunken driver on the wrong side of the road hit his car head-on. The driver, who was in the country illegally, had been arrested previously on other criminal charges but was released.

Mendoza said she wrote to then-President Barack Obama, but never got a response. Ronnebeck said his calls to the Obama administration for justice “fell on deaf ears. They didn’t want to hear us, they didn’t want to listen us, and they didn’t really care,” Ronnebeck said.

Both praised Trump for working to help victims and their families. Mendoza said it’s “huge” that the country now has a president “who’s listened to us and who has actually followed through with what he said he was going to do. Now we have somebody who’s going to be actually working for the victim,” she said.

Ronnebeck said he felt “relief and a sense of accomplishment” with the opening of the VOICE office.

“It’s another promise that our president has kept,” he said.

11 Responses to AZ Parents who lost sons to criminal illegals thank Pres. Trump for aid

  1. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    In Liberal Land there are no such things as illegal aliens. They have been repackaged as “Undocumented,” “Migrants” and “Immigrants,” none of which are accurate descriptions of the fact that they have invaded the USA ILLEGALLY. The word police at Associated Press don’t like the truth and have banned the term “illegal alien” from its style book, declaring it unacceptable. I don’t bow to such absurd political correctness and will continue to speak the truth. I’m grateful Seeing Red AZ is an honest word broker, as well.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      George Carlin is credited with saying, “Politically Correct is nothing more than FASCISM pretending to be manners.”

      • Kent says:

        Great line…and not one I would expect from iconoclastic Carlin. I always regraded him as a shock comedian and political leftist.

  2. Matt DeGennaro says:

    This is the best description I’ve seen:

  3. Sally Forth says:

    My heart goes out to these parents and the others like them whose family members have had their lives needlessly cut short through acts of violence perpetrated by illegal aliens. God bless Donald Trump for addressing this murder rate and its victims, including those left behind who are the living victims. Barack Obama not only turned a blind eye to the criminality, but encouraged more as he flooded the country with those from terror sponsoring countries and Mexican and Central American “unaccompanied minors” who ended up finding new families on the streets and joining violent gangs like MS-13.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    Today we learn that elderly women are being targeted for sexual assaults in Sacramento, CA. One woman was murdered.
    Although a suspect is supposedly in custody, mum’s the word on that creep’s identity. A reporter has dug up info that the suspect is an 18 year old male.

    If it was a Caucasian suspect, the PD and city officials would be blasting out the identifying info, right down to the perp’s shoe size.
    Will we find out, or will the story go quiet?

    Meanwhile, I was listening to Rush yesterday during a white-knuckle drive on I-10. A dairy farmer called in to say that he was part of a group of 14 farmers who had just this week sat down with Trump in the WH to discuss issues involving U.S. agriculture. The man said that Trump was a good listener and already had a good grasp on some of the big problems facing farmers in the U.S.

    Trump’s doing a lot of good things that the media will never report.

    • LD 23 PC says:

      You’re right about the withholding of pertinent information regarding the non-white suspects. It has become pervasive, as the left wing media contorts so as not to offend the favored minority groups.

      Wish I had heard the Limbaugh interview. One thing is certain. With President Trump we have an actual, successful businessman in the White House. That gives me comfort as it relates to his tax plan and the economy. The stock market has reacted favorably since his election. I just hope he puts earplugs in when meeting with the scoundrel Paul Ryan. I distrust him more than any of the angry democrats because he’s a Republican poser in a powerful position and has the ability to rein in those he considers recalcitrant House members.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    That president we elected in November sure is doing a great job making good on his promises. This one is particularly touching. Victims of illegal alien crime have been ignored by all past presidents until now. Obama encouraged crime by loading us up with bad hombres from Central America. I still can’t understand how Congress allowed “unaccompanied minors” to enter this country. Or maybe I can. That was just one more of Obama’s middle fingers to us all.

    Trump is doing a lot of good for Americans who’ve been forgotten/ignored. That’s why we have to stand behind him. I wrote to my congressman about Paul Ryan. Can’t take any more from that backstabber.

  6. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Corker: Return to ‘Regular Process’ for Refugees

    Corker, a RINO, is Tennessee’s Jeff Flake. He helped Obama on the Iran ‘deal.’ And he loves immigration – any kind. As a commenter said below the article, he should be beaten with a stick.

  7. PC and State Committeeman says:

    Yes and we can thank Sal DiCiccio for endorsing Penzone the amnesty loving, open borders new Sheriff in town, see these websites and remember voting has consequences and Republicrats should never be voted for over and over again!