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Immigration Technology

Technology has found a number of inroads into immigration legal work, with various automation tools and guided walk-throughs set up to help those who are undocumented and asylum seekers apply for relevant visas and immigration status changes. But with immigration arrests rising and opportunities for legal status increasingly foreclosed upon, technologists have turned to helping immigrants plan for an increasingly likely legal outcome: deportation.

A new tool developed by the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) and the Technology, Innovation and the Law Clinic at Cornell Law School hopes to help undocumented communities plan for the unfortunate potential of deportation. The tool, called “Make A Plan” and hosted by legal tech nonprofit Immi, steps users through some of the key considerations they may need to handle quickly should they face deportation.

The tool operates as a guided interview, asking users whether they have plans in place for their children, bank accounts, homes and other assets. Depending on answers, the tool then can provide users with relevant information about how to deal with parts of the process like establishing power of attorney, closing out credit cards and transferring assets.

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Gabrielle Orum Hernández

Gabrielle Orum Hernández is a reporter with Legaltech News and the Daily Report covering legal technology startups and vendors. She can be reached by email at [email protected], or on Twitter at @GMOrumHernandez.

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