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Phone App Will Help You Illegally Cross the Border

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The people behind a nicely done, but faux press release and University of California website about $0 tuition last month are at it again. UCSD's b.a.n.g. lab in the Visual Arts Department have by introducing the controversial Transborder Immigrant Tool, which will "allow virtual geography to mark new trails and potentially safer routes across this desert of the real" for those crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

The tool is not out yet, but it so far has created a lot of media attention--some calling it illegal--over the last month. "Overall, the members of the group are extremely happy that the Transborder Immigrant Tool has been so effective in opening up dialog on the dire need for humanitarian aid at the border, where thousands of people have needlessly died. We look forward to completing and deploying the tool in the coming year," their blog stated.

Users will need a Motorall i455 phone and upload the program to it.

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