The White House launched a new hotline on Wednesday for people to report crimes committed by “criminal aliens,” but some of the callers instead are using the line to report cases of extraterrestrial contact and UFO sightings.
The administration set up the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office on Wednesday, in accordance with President Trump’s executive order in January. The office, folded within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, aims to “assist victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens,” according to the Department of Homeland Security.
“Alien” is a term used by the federal government to describe individuals who are not American citizens but who reside on U.S. soil.
“All crime is terrible, but these victims are unique — and too often ignored,” said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in announcing the office. “They are casualties of crimes that should never have taken place—because the people who victimized them often times should not have been in the country in the first place.”
The hotline will also serve as a resource for “victims to receive public information,” an ICE official told The Atlantic.
Despite the line’s intended purpose, callers have been reporting a range of abnormal activity.
ICE denounced the calls, saying such actions hurt victims of real crimes. Callers have even mentioned spotting “muggle-borns,” a term from the “Harry Potter” book series referring to magical characters with non-magical parents.
“Their actions seek to obstruct and do harm to crime victims; that’s objectively despicable regardless of one’s views on immigration policy,” an ICE official said.
Trump promised repeatedly on the campaign trail to combat illegal immigration, particularly undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes in the U.S.
The hotline could help the administration’s efforts to gather data about people living illegally in the U.S. if it receives input directly from callers.