On Thursday, Amanda Erickson of The Washington Post wrote an absurd article comparing President Trump establishing the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) program to Hitler.
The title of her piece is “Adolf Hitler also published a list of crimes committed by groups he didn’t like.”
First, it is vital to know what the VOICE program is and what it does.
It is found in section 13 of the January 25 executive order, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”
The Secretary shall direct the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to take all appropriate and lawful action to establish within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement an office to provide proactive, timely, adequate, and professional services to victims of crimes committed by removable aliens and the family members of such victims. This office shall provide quarterly reports studying the effects of the victimization by criminal aliens present in the United States.
In a February 20 memo, Secretary John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security said the program is designed to give victims of immigration crimes information about the perpetrator including “immigration status” and “custody status.” It also answers concerns victims may have.
“Their questions and concerns regarding immigration enforcement efforts are addressed.”
On Tuesday during the joint session of Congress, Trump also mentioned the program.
I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims. The office is called VOICE — Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.
Erickson at The Washington Post was clearly not happy with VOICE.
Trump celebrated the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office, or VOICE. It will, among other things, put out a regular report on the illicit doings of the undocumented.
She already begins with the political correctness. They’re called illegal aliens.
In just the fourth paragraph, Erickson makes the comparison of Trump to Hitler.
There’s a reason Trump’s opponents are so worried. This strategy — one designed to single out a particular group of people, suggesting that there’s something particularly sinister about how they behave — was employed to great effect by Adolf Hitler and his allies. In the 1930s, the Nazis used a similar tactic to stir up anger and hatred toward Jews.
She mentioned propaganda used in books and films treated Jews as subhuman. Everyone agrees this was horrible and immoral, but Erickson is clearly implying that Trump is treating illegal aliens as subhuman too because he wants to fight against illegal immigration.
But in her final paragraph, she concedes they are not completely equal.
The point is not that VOICE equals the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. But when leaders use the levers of government to drum up fear of one group of people, we should all be worried.
However, it did not help when Erickson still made the comparison of Trump to Hitler.
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