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Cell phone doubles as coyote: phone app helps immigrants cross the border




Cell phone doubles as coyote: phone app helps immigrants cross the border
Cell phone doubles as coyote: phone app helps immigrants cross the border
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With the ubiquitous nature of cheap, internet-enabled phones it was only a matter of time before this came along: a new cell phone application will help illegal immigrants cross the treacherous U.S.-Mexico border, with GPS guidance and directions to supplies of water and food along the way. The app, developed by a UC San Diego professor and activist, is intended to be apolitical, focusing on the safety of those immigrants who inevitably illegally cross the desert everyday; but obviously political controversy is surrounding the effort. Is it immoral to aid immigrants to safely break the law?

Guest:

Ricardo Dominguez, associate professor of visual arts at UC San Diego & principal investigator at the California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology; designer of the “Transborder Immigrant Tool”