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Trump blames victims of immigration policy, arrests them

As the senior writer at the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington, DC, I acquired an intimate knowledge of the principle that you never blame the victim of a crime. Despite the occasional rulings of rogue judges and the bizarre utterances of lawmakers and candidates emboldened by what they hear on talk radio or see on cable TV, it’s pretty much accepted in public discourse that a woman is not to blame for her rape because her skirt was too short or she had too much to drink. Similarly, a victim of domestic abuse is not to blame for reuniting with the violent partner (although that takes a moment to explain). A homeowner is not to blame for a theft because an alarm hadn’t been installed. A robbery victim isn’t to blame because the street was dark. The perpetrator is held to account for these crimes, not the victim.

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