Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the opening of the new Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

“Decades of lax enforcement have wreaked havoc on American communities and innocent Americans from coast to coast have lost their lives at the hands of unlawful immigrants. Several of these victims’ family members have testified before the House Judiciary Committee and have spoken out about how the lack of enforcement has devastated their families. Under the Obama Administration, these victims’ voices were not acknowledged.

“President Trump and his administration are reversing many of the Obama Administration’s disastrous immigration policies and are consistently enforcing the law. And through the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, the Trump Administration is committed to providing accurate and timely information to victims as their perpetrators face justice and are removed from the United States. I commend President Trump, Secretary Kelly, and Acting Director Homan for their commitment to helping victims of crimes committed by removable aliens and for giving them a voice in their government.”

Background: Under Chairman Goodlatte’s leadership, the House Judiciary Committee has highlighted how illegal immigration is not a victimless crime and has repeatedly sought information on unlawful immigrants who have committed crimes in the United States. On April 19, 2016, two moms whose children were murdered by unlawful immigrants testified before the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee. They also spoke out in a video, calling for more immigration enforcement to protect Americans.