Talking Point: Donald Trump’s immigrant crimes list

Claim: Members of the media are claiming that President Trump’s list of immigrant crimes resembles a policy from Nazi Germany.

Rank: trueDuring the presidential campaign, President Donald Trump claimed that unauthorized aliens from Mexico were bringing drugs, crime, and rape into the United States.  In addition, he promised to bring an end to sanctuary cities.  On January 25, Trump signed an executive order to make good on this promise and to highlight the crimes of unauthorized aliens.

To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.

This executive order paved the way for the creation of a new office under the Department of Homeland Security.  The office, Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE), is tasked with giving a “voice” to the victims of crimes “ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.” VOICE will be issuing a weekly report of crimes committed by immigrants (it is not clear if it limited to just unauthorized aliens).  Proponents of the policy claim that this information is needed to get a full picture of the crime committed by unauthorized aliens.

Opponents of the policy and the press point out that it closely resembles a policy used by Nazi Germany. Specifically, they reference the pro-Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer.  In that newspaper, they would regularly print stories of crimes that were allegedly committed by Jewish people.  When the Nazi Party took control, they adopted a policy that required prosecutors to report every criminal indictment against Jewish people for publication by the press.


Despite the proponents claims that this information is needed, there are some similarities between Trump’s policy and that of the Nazi party.  This is not to say that the intentions behind the policies are the same.  The truth is that Nazi Germany published lists of crimes committed by Jewish people and that the Trump administration will be publishing lists of crimes committed by unauthorized aliens.  For this reason, the claim is true.

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