The Department of Homeland Security opened its VOICE office on Wednesday, a program meant to help “crime victims and their families who have been impacted by crimes committed by removable criminal aliens”, according to bbc.com. And by “criminal alien” you should perceive a person who is not a US citizen that has been convicted of a crime. Of course, the hotline was severely trolled by people who called to report UFOs and a possible E.T. running through their backyard.
Some people got the whole program wrong
The program was set up under the authority of an executive order on immigration from President Trump in January, and with its opening on Wednesday, victims can call for support and aid. But people are not quite using the hotline for its original purposes.
They began to use the line to report “criminal alien”, but ones that look like green goblins. And the fact that VOICE was released on Alien Day (a yearly promotional day backed by the Alien film franchise’s producers), didn’t help at all Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s vision on the program.
He said at the launch of VOICE on Wednesday that the victims were “unique, and too often ignored”, adding that they are victims of people that should not have been in the country in the first place.
Apparently, the program had a positive effect!
Although some trolling was inevitable, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency declared that the program had a positive effect on their service.
The government explained that the VOICE office will keep victims of alleged crimes by emigrants updated, while the suspect moves through the immigration system. In a response, those who fight against the administration’s policies have pointed out numerous studies that show immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be jailed than the native-born population.