Smartphone App Launched to Help Illegal Immigrants Avoid Deportation

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, August 14, 2013

Immigration advocates on Wednesday launched a new mobile app designed to help illegal immigrants to take advantage of President Obama’s non-deportation policy for so-called Dreamer immigrants.

Known as “Pocket DACA”—a reference to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the government’s name for the legalization program—the free app gives advice on how to apply for the program and lists groups immigrants can contact for help.

The app allows users to do a pre-screening interview so they can see if they are likely to qualify, including age and residency requirements. It also contains information about how to avoid immigration scams and to get access to scholarships to help pay the fees required by DACA.

Under the non-deportation policy, which turns a year old on Thursday, those brought to the country at a young age who have avoided major criminal entanglements and have completed high school or enrolled in the military can apply for a two-year legalization, which allows them to avoid deportation and get a work permit. Those who would qualify are known as Dreamers after the name of legislation pending in Congress that would grant them full citizenship.

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Matthew Burnett, director of the Immigration Advocates Network, said the app will increase the chances that future applicants will successfully navigate the process.

“By offering an interactive self-screening tool and contact information for local legal services providers, the app increases the chances that eligible young immigrants will be successful in their request,” he said. {snip}

The app was produced by Mr. Luna’s and Mr. Burnett’s groups along with American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council.

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  • borogirl54

    I wish there was an app to tell young illegals to go home. This program basically causes these illegals to compete with young Americans for jobs. Take what you learned and go back and try and change your country.

  • Poor put-upon deprived illegals…have smartphones on which they can download apps.

    • IKantunderstand

      Cripes, if that doesn’t sum it up, nothing does.

  • This kind of solid waste excretion is why I have turned democrat. I want our current group of republicans to fade out.
    I want the twentysomething white male to face the realities of diversity, especially those who follow the democratic party.
    I want these same libtarts to experience flash mobs, and the knock out game.
    I want the GOP to realize that grooming Cruz or Rubio will not work.
    I can’t vote for Jan Brewer or Joe Arpaio because I live in Texas. I’m stuck with Rick “adios mofo” Perry.

  • bigone4u

    Spread the word among the Mexicans: “Hey amigos, that smartphone app thing is fake. It’s an FBI trick. The cops are going to use it to arrest and deport you. How you think they got Jose? Busted him by tracking his phone.” Spread fear and disinformation among the enemy. Warfare 101 as I’m sure Michael Christopher Scott can verify.

    • Joseph

      Excellent. NOW you’re thinking like the left.

      It’s so crazy it just might work.

  • Spartacus

    Is this even legal ? Doesn’t it fall under “aiding a criminal” or something like that ?

    • willbest

      Seeing as how the government teaches illegals how to get welfare benefits, I presume it would be estopped from prosecuting private citizens for aiding in a similar manner.

    • mobilebay

      Hey, Spartacus, we don’t enforce no stinkin’ laws no more!

    • Irishgirl

      Want to break the law? There’s an app for that.

  • mobilebay

    It’s sad to think we have so many anti-American traitors in this country. Who does “our side” have to fight back with? NumbersUSA, FAIR, VDare….anyone else out there?