Spicer uses high school rape case involving undocumented immigrant to justify crackdown on illegal immigration
By Mona Austin
The White House is justifying its strict position on immigration policy after two illegal teens allegedly raped a 14-year-old freshman at a Maryland high school. Press Sec. Sean Spicer said in a press briefing on Tuesday, that Pres. Donald Trump's crackdown on immigration is intended to avoid such tragedies.
Last week, two male students ages 17 and 18 forced the victim into the boys restroom at Rockville H.S., then proceeded to forcefully violate her after she refused to have sex with them. The victim said she tried to resist but was sodomized and forced to perform oral sex. Both suspects have been charged with rape. Even though Pres. Trump prioritzed criminals in his Executive Order on Immigration, they will not be granted deportation to face charges. The 18-year-old suspect will be tried as an adult.
“I think part of the reason the president has made illegal immigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this,” he said. “Immigration pays its toll on our people if it’s done — if it’s not done legally. And this is another example, and it’s why the president is so passionate about this.”
During his joint address to Congress Trump announced the Department of Homeland Security would establish an office that addresses victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants -- 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," said the POTUS.
Many immigration supporters have stated that reports of high levels of crimes among immigrants have been inflated to support the Republican agenda.
Spicer recognized that the local crime with local jurisdiction but it has broader implications nationally.
“The president recognizes that education is a state-run and a local-run issue, but I think it is cause for concern what happened there,” said Spicer. “The city should look at its policies, and I think that this is something authorities are going to have to look at.”
Undocumented students are allowed to attend public schools in the U.S. by law.