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Trump's New Office for 'American Victims' Draws Criticism, Support

"I think that office is ridiculous," Sen. Chuck Schumer says

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    Trump Calls for Office for 'American Victims' of Crimes by Illegal Immigrants

    President Donald Trump, in his first address to Congress on Tuesday, announced he is calling for the creation of a new office within the Department of Homeland Security to protect "American victims" of crimes committed by people who are in the country illegally. The office, Trump said, will be called VOICE: Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. During the announcement, Trump pointed out four audience members, including Jamiel Shaw, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant. (Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017)

    President Donald Trump, in his first address to Congress on Tuesday, announced he's establishing a new office within the Department of Homeland Security to protect "American victims" of crimes committed by people who are in the country illegally.

    He said 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," he said.

    Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer reacted to the announcement Wednesday by calling the move "ridiculous" and anti-immigrant.

    "Obviously we want to go after all criminals," he said on "CBS This Morning." "The overwhelming majority of immigrants are law-abiding. They want to be part of the American dream and most Americans agree with that. So to put an office like this out there shows how anti-immigrant this president is. Of course we want to go after the criminals. We want to go after all criminals no matter who they are." 

    The announcement was also denounced online by many who have opposed Trump's actions on immigration. That elicited a heated response from his supporters.