App For Immigrants To Cross The Border? 'Bienvenidos' Offers Accurate, Safe, Police-Free Routes Into United States

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For decades, "coyotes" have been helping immigrants to cross the US-Mexican border for money. But now there’s a navigation app that uses crowd sourced data and real-time info about the best routes. Photo: Capture Bienvenidos

US President Donald Trump and "coyotes" biggest nightmare is now in lockstep with the technology. The world’s first community-based navigation app for immigration “Bienvenidos” (Welcome) is using crowd sourced data from experienced users. According to the site, Bienvenidos provides real-time info about the best immigration routes to cross the U.S.-Mexico Border.

The app will not only notify the users the most efficient routes and entry points, but will also send alerts on Border Patrol agents, drones, ground sensors, and as reported on their description, information on where hidden cameras are located. Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement is not the problem immigrant are facing while crossing the border, that’s why the app will also warn of hazards and obstacles like heat waves, dangerous river crossings, and wild animals. 

Real-time information on the status of the new border wall construction is also available, plus reports on vulnerable areas, fences and barricades, openings, lack of barbed wiring, flimsy construction, tunneling locations and conditions.  From the palm of their hands, users are also going to be able to connect with others travelers, giving them, according to the application website, the power to coordinate movements and meet-up locations with friends and families.

The app will be using encrypted information and not everybody will have easy access to it. After following certain protocols, users will get approval. As presented by the website, Mexico and United States won’t be the only countries with access to the app or with routes. The United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Greece and Netherlands are also on the list for upcoming locations.

Find below the official video of "Bienvenidos."

The U.S.-Mexico Border has 3,150 kilometers, and only a little bit more than 1,000 kilometers is protected with different kind of barriers, steel rails, metal plates and metal mesh, the rest is inhabited desert, dangerous rivers like the Rio Grande, plus other major cities. “Coyotes,” the people, who help immigrants cross the border, usually don’t have a fixed price, but to travel with them can cost from $2,000 to up to $10,000.

It’s unknown how many people daily, weekly, monthly or yearly cross the border, but based on the apprehensions, since Trump has been president, the amount has been decreasing, unsure again, if it because the rest made it through thanks to better routes.

If you would like to know more about what’s the real deal with the border, watch the very informative video below.

 

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.