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'Raid Alerts' Wants to Warn Undocumented Immigrants With an App

A project that started under Obama gained new life under President Trump.

by Patrick Howell O'Neill
Feb 18 2017, 5:33pm

Like many of the over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, 27-year-old developer Celso Mireles spent much of his life haunted by the specter of surprise deportations of the kind that we saw across the country this week. Although he's recently documented, Mireles came to the country as a child with two undocumented parents and then spent over 25 years undocumented while seeing friends and community members deported.

Now Mireles is building a new app aiming to provide crowdsourced and verified warnings about immigration raids so undocumented individuals can be alerted and avoid them. News of the app comes in the wake of new Homeland Security immigration raids totalling more than 680 arrests. The app has been in the works since the Obama administration was busy deporting more people than any president in history, but the recent raids motivated its developer to pick it up again.

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