Trump’s immigrant crime hotline trolled with reports of sightings of space aliens
Callers to the freephone number of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) were kept on hold as lines were already tied up with hoaxers reporting sightings of space aliens and UFOs.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working in line with an executive order issued by President Trump last January, opened the office Wednesday.
An ICE spokesman confirmed the delays, according to BuzzFeed News.
"There are certainly more constructive ways to make one's opinions heard than to prevent legitimate victims of crime from receiving the information and resources they seek because the lines are tied up by hoax callers," the spokesman said.
The government said the new office exists to provide information to victims but is not a means for reporting crimes. However, it will assist victims in determining what information is available to them about “an alien involved in a crime.”
So, they introduced the alien hotline on Alien day. I hope Sigourney Weaver called.— Darth Hobo (@GPappalardo) April 27, 2017
Critics of the controversial initiative have accused it of targeting non-white immigrants and fostering racism.
The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to open the hotline on Alien Day, combined with the promotion of a freephone number, meant trolling was inevitable.
It wasn’t long until an impromptu campaign began on Twitter encouraging people to call the hotline with tales of close encounters of another kind.
Like all good netizens, the Twitteratti quickly followed the directive, tweeting to confirm that they had shared their alien abduction stories with the agency.
Some reported long delays getting through to the hotline due to the large volume of calls.
The Space Alien Invasion is so extreme the VOICE hotline is down due to the volume of reports! When will the President defend us from UFOs! https://t.co/JWPkxRpAH1— Alexander McCoy (@AlexanderMcCoy4) April 27, 2017
Trumps’ “VOICE” Hotline set up for people to report on crime from illegal aliens was reportedly overloaded with calls about space aliens— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) April 26, 2017