New Phone Application Will Help Illegals Cross Border Undetected

Posted on December 5, 2009

It seems students at the University of California-San Diego are working on a downloadable phone application to help illegals cross the southern border into the United States and avoid the border patrol while doing so.

Under the guise of  being a “humanitarian effort” to help those who dare to venture across the desert, the program will provide the locations of the nearest “safety site,” be it water or the Border Patrol.

From the article:

After it’s downloaded into Motorola phones equipped with GPS, it’s a humanitarian tool designed to save lives, according to the application’s creators at UCSD.

“It’s really just designed for you to turn it on, and the compass would show you where is the nearest safety site — be that Border Patrol or highway or water — in case you’re in extreme emergency,” co-creator Micha Cardenas said.

But instead of providing a safety net, couldn’t it also provide a means for smugglers, both drug and human alike, to avoid capture?  Of course, and that is what critics contend:

“If they fall into the wrong people’s hands — be it terrorists or gang members or people that are here to harm our country — they can also use this technology,”  Border Patrol agent Julius Alatorre said. “So while the intent may be good, in the wrong hands, it could turn out to be a bad thing.”

Calling his program “electronic civil disobedience” and an “art project,” one of the co-creators insists this won’t jeopardize the country’s security.  How can this possibly be?  It can’t. 

While many illegals enter the country “to find jobs,” there are numerous examples of  human and drug smugglers crossing the border with more insidious goals.  And who is more likely to have the money to pay for a smart phone with GPS to download this application, “job seekers” or smugglers?

If these people really want to help those in Mexico and other countries who are trying to make a better life, it would be more genuine if they traveled to those home countries to help the people where they live.  Instead, these creators are purposely helping these “immigrants” break the law in our country and putting all of us at risk in doing so.  Most appallingly, they are doing it from the labs of a U.S. university.

We are a nation of laws that must be followed.  That is what separates us from countries like Mexico where corruption is rampant and the people have little hope to build a successful life. 

If these activists want to help the immigrants, they need to help them stay home and change their home countries from within. They shouldn’t make these “immigrants” law breakers in this country who live lives in constant fear of detection and deportation. 

Regardless of their intentions, the developers of this program are going to aid and abet not only people looking for work, but both drug and human smugglers and possibly terrorists.