Eventually, they are given no choice but to kill the Zanti Misfits, but they certainly could’ve avoided the loss of US life by blasting the Zanti out of the sky before they landed.
In the classic 1963 episode of The Outer Limits, “The Zanti Misfits”, an alien race has decided to send its criminals to Earth, more specifically the US. The Zanti’s instructions are not to interfere, allow the criminals into the US and to respect their privacy or face the consequences.
"Throughout history compassionate minds have pondered this dark and disturbing question: what is society to do with those members who are a threat to society, those malcontents and misfits whose behavior undermines and destroys the foundations of civilization? Different ages have found different answers. Misfits have been burned, branded and banished. Today on this planet earth the criminal incarcerated in humane institutions or he is executed. Other planets use other methods. This is the story of how the perfectionist rulers of the planet Zanti attempted to solve the problem of the Zanti misfits."
An exciting series of six original digest-sized novels based on the hit-TV series "The Outer Limits". The rulers of the planet Zanti have found a solution to the problem of what to do with undesirable misfits and dangerous malcontents who threaten their society--exile them to Earth! The leaders of Earth are powerless to object. Teenagers Ben Garth and Lisa Lawrence are outcasts, too. Now they're on the run and headed towards a terrifying showdown with the Zanti misfits.