Panic has become the subtle current of emotion throughout immigrant communities across the United States. The current political climate has forced many undocumented immigrants to stay in the shadows, making it difficult for people to seek and receive the support they may need. This type of isolation can be detrimental to maintaining a good quality of life. However, app creators are trying to help fill the void.
Ever the problem solver, technology provides unlimited opportunities for information and connectivity. There have been several articles that have come out recently listing various apps that could be helpful for undocumented immigrants. I tested the apps to verify which ones are currently functioning and could be most helpful. Below are the three go-to apps I verified to be free, available immediately, and could be helpful in connecting undocumented immigrants with support and resources.
Arrived.Us – An app that provides a large menu of options in terms of information, emergency support, and connection to other groups that can help. What I did not like about this app was that before you could use it, the user has to agree to a disclaimer, which is written all in English. This may be scary for some people who do not read English well and don’t know what they might be agreeing to by pushing the button. Get past that and you will have access to all of the apps information. Note: The app is all in English. There may be some tutorials given to people who do not read English well before they can use it. The latest version allows people to alert their families members if they’ve been detained by ICE and even drop a pin for their last location.