The Trump administration launched a new initiative Wednesday called Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE). The office is intended to provide support for Americans who have been victimized by illegal immigrants. Trump mentioned it during his first address to a joint session of Congress.
Progressives offended by the existence of the office noticed that the launch also corresponded with “Alien day,” a day where fans celebrate the Alien film series. So some progressives decided it would be a good idea to flood the hotline that responds to reports of “criminal aliens” with calls about UFOs. Buzzfeed highlighted some of these yesterday:
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 told Buzzfeed he did call and told the hotline he’d been abducted by a UFO, at which point they hung up on him. Lots of other people jumped on the bandwagon:
— Nevada NOW (@NevadaNOW) April 27, 2017
The truth IS out there! If you've been probed by illegal extraterrestrial aliens, call 1-855-48-VOICE & let them know. pic.twitter.com/PEXbJL9XUG
— Jordan (@jordan_j_2326) April 27, 2017
Thousands of people tweeted or retweeted the idea and dozens (more?) seem to have actually called the number. But it’s not clear what impact if any this had. Fusion contacted the office and received a statement about the prank:
The VOICE line remains in operation. As yesterday was its first day I can’t give you any sense of whether this group had any impact at all on wait times or call volume because there’s no prior data to compare…
Openly obstructing and mocking victims crosses the line of legitimate public discourse. VOICE is a line for victims to obtain information. This group’s stunt is designed to harm victims. That is shameful.
I imagine they’ll get bored with this after a few days and move on to the next outrage. Still, it’s noteworthy that we’ve finally identified a government program the left would like to cut.