People Are Reporting Criminal (Space) Aliens To New ICE Hotline

"Seriously, I will be calling 1-855-48-VOICE very soon and very often about ET, Alien, probably Predator too, about the crimes they committed", read an April 26 post by one Twitter user.

The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE), which was announced in February, has been slammed by critics as a tool to scapegoat and demonize immigrants to serve President Donald Trump's "nativist" rhetoric.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday unveiled its controversial immigrant crime office, complete with a hotline for US citizens to report alleged crimes committed by undocumented aliens-which was promptly overwhelmed with calls about extraterrestrials, UFOs, and First Lady Melania Trump.

A Frequently Asked Questions page on the ICE website uses the word "aliens" several times to describe unauthorized immigrants.

The controversial VOICE hotline launched on Wednesday and is an attempt from the new administration to tackle problems linked to immigration.

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BuzzFeed reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the hotline had been tied up with the bogus reports, and vowed to reallocate resources to prevent the line from being overwhelmed by pranksters. Their actions seek to obstruct and do harm to crime victims; that's objectively despicable regardless of one's views on immigration policy.

The majority of calls within the first 24 hours of its launch are reporting encounters of the third kind - sightings of weird creatures, and other extraterrestrial phenomenon akin to episodes of the popular TV science fiction program, "The X Files".

So when a hotline was announced for the VOICE office, people online - especially those frustrated by Trump's actions and rhetoric surrounding immigrants - chose to zero in on the word "alien".

ICE will "adjust resources, if necessary" to deal with the prank calls, the agency said. He even attached a picture of the suspect - Marvin the Martian from the "Looney Tunes" cartoons.

But Alexander says he'll keep calling until "this office is shut down".