A recent technological development now allows migrants to use a mobile app to enter the United States. On January 18, 2023, the first migrants using CBP One began to enter the country at the northern Mexico border.
CBP One is designed specifically for pre-screening asylum applications. Those who qualify are then given a designated date and entry port for their appointments. The app was activated earlier this month and has already run out of appointment slots due to the heavy demand.
The Biden administration plans to broaden the use of the CBP One app to allow asylum seekers to request a U.S. appointment by entering their personal information as a pre-screening step on the app. Migrants in Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti and Venezuela with sponsors in the U.S., are also using the app for their parole processes.
Potential Issues with A Mobile App
It seems like we are constantly hearing about data breaches and the disclosure of our private information. Are migrants’ and their family members’ personal information at risk of being disclosed publicly? Or is there is a chance that use of the app will make them targets of scammers who are trying to take advantage of them? The app does seem like a wonderful development that could help in numerous ways, but we will certainly have to look out for potential issues with this technology.
Contact an Asylum Attorney Today
Technological advances can help streamline the immigration process but also carry their own concerns including scams and errors. It may be in your best interest to consult an immigration attorney to ensure your filings are properly conducted.
Reeves Immigration Law Group has decades of experience in handling visas and asylum applications, and has successfully handled some of the most complex cases. Our team of asylum attorneys understand your concerns and will work with you to provide a personalized approach to meet your immigration needs.