A hotline launched by the White House used to report criminal offenses committed by “criminal aliens”, is getting brilliantly trolled.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established a new office, called “VOICE”, whose purpose is to provide a channel for reports on crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and also to for “victims to receive public information.” DHS Secretary John Kelly lauded the program in a press conference announcing its rollout.
“Until today, those victimized at the hands of illegal aliens have had no point of contact in our federal government dedicated to this issue and to them. Families would call and would send letters all over Washington hoping that someone in some agency would respond,” Kelly said, while standing in front of a gaggle of people who were introduced as family members of people killed by undocumented immigrants.
Some of Trump’s detractors decided to have some fun with the hotline and file false reports of space aliens committing havoc across America. Salon reported on Wednesday night that activists used social media to encourage people to report UFO sightings to DHS. Marine veteran Alexander McCoy also rallied his followers to do the same.
Wouldn't it be a shame if millions of people called this hotline to report their encounters with aliens of the UFO-variety. https://t.co/Cl048Gihnk
— Alexander McCoy (@AlexanderMcCoy4) April 26, 2017
McCoy also took advantage of the #AlienDay hashtag — used to promote the new movie in the Alien franchise — to mobilize people to report criminal aliens planning acts of mayhem from space. The veteran activist was even kind enough to include the official phone number for VOICE, along with its hours of operation. Given the amount of retweets on McCoy’s original call to action, it’s safe to assume more than one of his followers took a moment to register a UFO sighting with the Department of Homeland Security.
— Alexander McCoy (@AlexanderMcCoy4) April 27, 2017
In response to the obvious fearmongering about immigrants from the Trump administration, Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colorado), Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington), and Tony Cárdenas (D-California) launched the Saved by American Immigrants National Task force (SAINT) program, which aims to highlight stories of Americans who were saved by the heroic acts of immigrants.