History repeats itself as Trump proposes policy enacted in Nazi Germany

Published March 2nd, 2017 - 12:48 GMT
VOICE - which stands for ‘Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement’ will document crimes committed by immigrants against US citizens on a weekly basis. (AFP)
VOICE - which stands for ‘Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement’ will document crimes committed by immigrants against US citizens on a weekly basis. (AFP)

In his latest move, Trump has made a speech to Congress proposing to create a new office under the acronym VOICE - which stands for ‘Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement’. The office will document crimes committed by immigrants against US citizens, and release the information on a weekly basis to the public.

The policy is suggesting strongly that immigrants commit more crimes than US citizens, which is factually untrue. The Pew Research Centre have actually documented lower crime rates in immigrant communities than amongst US citizens.

Critics are branding this as a demonisation and criminalisation campaign against the immigrant population, primarily Muslim and Hispanic communities. Professor Hernandez from UCLA discusses in the video below how throughout history criminalisation of immigrant communities has been the first step in enacting harsher exclusion policies.

We can draw some dark comparisons between this policy and a similar policy enacted by the United States against Chinese immigrants, who were demonised as opium dealers and later deported en masse. Italian immigrants also faced a similar fate, branded as genetically more likely to commit crimes by the government and later prohibited from entering the US under harsh immigration policies.

Most frightening of all Trump’s policy also strongly resonates with the criminalisation of Jews in Nazi Germany. A newspaper at the time called for stories of Jews committing crimes and later published them in a newspaper along with graphic images.

Watch video below for more information:

 

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