Others took the joke even further, expanding the scope of ‘alien’ to include other mysterious creatures.
Some callers even reported “muggle-borns,” a reference to the Harry Potter book series. Others kept with the outer space theme.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not find the troll calls amusing.
“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, as reported by The Hill.
According to Buzzfeed, an ICE spokesperson also said “There are certainly more constructive ways to make one’s opinions heard than to prevent legitimate victims of crime from receiving the information and resources they seek because the lines are tied up by hoax callers.”
As Vice News pointed out, launching the hotline on national Alien Day did little to help ICE’s cause. Rather, it appears to have galvanized opposition to the administration’s efforts.