Mobile Apps Designed to Protect Undocumented Immigrants

Mobile Apps Designed to Protect Undocumented Immigrants

Given the current administration’s stance on immigration enforcement, many immigrants living in the U.S. with no legal status are fearful of sudden deportation. Many arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) come without warning, essentially leaving immigrants without access to their family and friends. In light of these circumstances, one company has taken steps to develop a mobile phone app that will allow detained immigrants to press a “panic button.” When an immigrant pushes the button, the mobile phone immediately sends personalized and encrypted messages to selected friends and family members. Through the Notifica app, immigrants can provide family and friends with important information or explanations about what has occurred. Other tech companies and organizations also are developing other apps that are designed to serve the immigrant community in this time of fear and uncertainty. Some hope to provide immigrants with real-time information about ICE raids and give legal information to immigrants in the event that ICE agents come knocking at their doors. These apps are likely to quickly grow in popularity as more immigration enforcement measures occur, and more immigrants begin facing arrest, detention, and deportation. Give the current political climate, the development of these apps has taken on significant urgency in recent months. These apps are a particularly appropriate way to contact and assist immigrants, as an estimated 98% of all Latinos in the U.S. have cellphones. Likewise, about 75% of that group owns smartphones. As a result, immigrants already are lining up to download this useful app to their phones. Plus, even if a detained immigrant cannot access his or her cellphone after being arrested and detained, he or she can call a hotline in order to have the preloaded messages from his or her phone sent to up to 15 different family members and friends. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., knows federal immigration law and has the experience to guide you and advocate on your behalf throughout any type of deportation proceeding, no matter what the allegations may be. We are familiar with the wide range of defenses that are available to individuals facing deportation, and how to build the strongest defense that is available to you, based on the evidence relevant to your case. Contact your California deportation defense lawyers today, and discover what we can do for you.
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