A smattering of groans from Democrats filled the chamber on Capitol Hill Tuesday night as President Donald Trump announced plans for a new office within the Department of Homeland Security dedicated to "victims of immigration crime."
"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," said Trump while addressing a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.
Murmurs could be heard as Trump outlined the new office, presumably from Democrats -- many of whom had subdued responses to much of Trump's agenda during the night. Republicans also didn't stand or applaud the announcement after giving the president standing ovations throughout his address.
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Trump then introduced four victims, Jamiel Shaw, Susan Oliver, Jenna Oliver, and Jessica Davis, who all had family members killed by undocumented immigrants.
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"Jamiel's 17-year-old son was viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member, who had just been released from prison," said Trump.
Trump also said Jamiel had become "a good friend of mine."
"Also with us are Susan Oliver and Jessica Davis. Their husbands -- Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver and Detective Michael Davis -- were slain in the line of duty in California," Trump said.
Trump addressed Oliver's daughter, Jenna who was also in attendance. "I want you to know that your father was a hero, and that tonight you have the love of an entire country supporting you and praying for you."
Trump has been a strong supporter of victims of crime committed by immigrants, inviting many family members of such victims to appear at the Republican National Convention last summer.
Democrats made their displeasure known other times throughout Trump's speech. At one point when the president boasted about draining "the swamp of government corruption" muted laughter and sarcastic noises broke out from the Democrats' side.
Trump was again met with more laughter after saying "the time for trivial fights is behind us."
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