Thanks to one ‘wise guy’ on Twitter, an attempt at making America safer has turned into a comedy show.
The Department of Homeland Security opened a new office on Wednesday called, VOICE. The position is designed to “serve the needs of crime victims and their families who have been impacted by crimes committed by removable criminal aliens.” Essentially, people can call the hotline and request assistance on an issue having to do with illegal alien.
The problem started when someone posted on Twitter telling everyone what NOT to do with the hotline:
An online campaign quickly formed encouraging others to call VOICE and report “crimes” by extraterrestrials. Alexander McCoy, a former Marine Corps sergeant and a founder of the Common Defense political action commitee, said that he devised the campaign, calling it a “catchy way” to combat what he called “bigoted language and racist stereotypes of criminality” on the part of Trump’s administration, particularly since it coincided with “Alien Day,” a celebration of the Alien film series.
McCoy himself said that he called the hotline to “report” a crime, giving the operator false information before claiming he had been abducted by a UFO. “They closed out the conversation saying that they’d make a note of it, and I should wait for the DHS to investigate my report,” he said.
To make matters worse, the hotline was launched on Alien day, a day designed by the Alien film franchise’s producers. Shortly after this information was made known to the public, people began bombarding the line with “criminal alien” activities. Homeland Security was NOT expecting the calls they got…
According to Secretary John Kelly of Homeland Security, the hotline was designed for people who should have never gotten hurt in the first place:
“They are casualties of crimes that should never have taken place because the people who victimized them often times should not have been in the country in the first place.”
a number of calls to Homeland Security is unknown, but from a number of tweets it got, accompanied with the hold time, Immigration and Customs Enforcement believes they affected their calls. A spokesperson addressed the calls saying these hoax calls could seriously cause problems for people in real crisis:
“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.”
While people are still fighting against Trump, the number of arrests for illegally crossing the border has dropped enormously, proving that Trump’s actions are clearly causing the desired effect. Opponents of Trump’s view continue Trto push that numerous studies say that immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes than native-born people.
Regardless of what people think, Trump has made it clear that he will not stop his push to end illegal immigration.