Friday 24 November 2017

Trump's illegal alien crime line flooded by 'UFO' calls

President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Laurie Chen, Washington

Pranksters swamped US President Donald Trump's new immigrant crime hotline to report UFOs and alien sightings on its first day.

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

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said: "Until today, those victimised at the hands of illegal aliens have had no point of contact in our federal government dedicated to this issue and to them. Families would call and would send letters all over Washington hoping that someone in some agency would respond."

The new office, belonging to the Department of Homeland Security, promises to offer help and assistance to "victims and their families who have been impacted by crimes committed by removable criminal aliens".

However, Twitter was quick to pick up on the government's choice of wording - and users soon began to troll the phone number with reports of extraterrestrials.

Activists rallied on social media under the hashtag #AlienDay to encourage others to flood the hotline with fake calls. Wednesday coincided with Alien Day, which commemorates the 1986 sci-fi classic 'Aliens' starring Sigourney Weaver.

Others made reference to cult 90s sci-fi series 'The X-Files', or reported sightings of aliens that looked suspiciously like a "bloated orange humanoid".

Recent months have seen a sharp fall in the number of people arrested for attempted crossings at the US-Mexico border, which the White House views as a sign that its policies are successfully deterring would-be immigrants.

However, critics of Mr Trump's anti-immigrant stance claim it discriminates against undocumented migrants. Several studies have show that immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are less likely to commit serious crimes or be put in prison than US-born citizens. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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