Friday, April 28, 2017

Reports of "Aliens" Overwhelm New VOICE


Earlier this week, ImmigrationProf reported on the unveiling of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE), which was created in response to one of President Trump's January 25, 2017 immigration executive orders..

The BBC reports on the opening of the new VOICE office to "serve the needs of crime victims and their families who have been impacted by crimes committed by removable criminal aliens." The centerpiece is a new hotline that victims can call for support and assistance. People began making clear exactly what people should not be using the line for.

Tweet reads: The # for Trump's hotline to report 'criminal aliens' is 855-48-VOICE. Please do not call this number to describe plots of X-Files episodesImage copyright @dubsteppenwolf
Tweet reads: Wouldn't it be a shame if million of people called this hotline to report their encounters with aliens of the UFO-varietyImage copyright @AlexanderMcCoy

But others noted the hotline was launched on Alien Day (a yearly promotional day backed by the Alien film franchise's producers).

Tweet reads: SO, they introduced the alien hotline on Alien day. I hope Sigourney Weaver called.Image copyright @GPappalardo

People called the hotline to report "criminal alien" activity of a different kind than that envisioned by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Tweet reads: Seriously, I will be calling 1-855-48-VOICE very soon and very often about ET, Alien, probably Predator too, about the crimes they committedImage copyright @XLeoTheGreatX
Twee treads: Just tried to call to report the theft of my tractor by space cadets - on hold for 8 minutes had to abandon, will call again!Image copyright @dpolar1
Tweet reads: Called Trump's Image copyright @_Notwhite
Tweet reads: Just called in an alien attack from Planet Voltron to the ICE VOICE hotlineImage copyright @Tattontreks

It is unclear how many people actually placed calls to the hotline, and several Twitter users reported long wait times to get through. But the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency suggested it had impacted their service


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