New America Media reported yesterday on a planned smartphone application that Arizona immigrant rights advocates are raising money for to develop. Similar to an app developed for Occupy protesters, the "Emergency Alert and Personal Protection" app would allow immigrants detained during a traffic stop to quickly notify family, friends, and if they have one, a lawyer.
The idea is to raise enough money to launch the app by July. As for how many undocumented or otherwise deportable immigrants have smartphones, no way to know. But Latinos make up the largest share of all U.S. immigrants, and several studies have shown them to be heavy users of smartphones, which allow for cheaper Internet access than broadband. New America Media interviewed Todd Landfried, spokesman for the group that came up with the idea: