There’s a free app available for cell phone users. The app is called CamScanner. How the app works is you download the app, place a document on a table, use the camera on your app to snap a photo, and you can instantly digitize any document. That document can then be saved as an image, or a .pdf, and sent as an email, or saved as a file for use later. Someone apparently should have told the Department of Homeland Security about the app before they decided to start spending money.
A decade and billions into a project to digitize U.S. immigration forms, just 1 is online https://t.co/eO0AULPHfT
— David Bier (@myfreesociety) November 9, 2015
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that DHS has spent more than a billion dollars over the last decade to digitize immigration paperwork. After all those years, instead of successfully digitizing their mounds of immigration paperwork, DHS has only been able to get one fillable form digitized. The rest of the immigration paperwork still has to be downloaded and sent in by mail.
Projected to have been completed by 2013, the project, called ELIS (after Ellis Island), won’t be complete until 2019 and is now expected and projected to cost over three billion dollars. The project is being run by the department of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The project, rift with accusations of mismanagement, software bugs, fixes and more bugs, has only resulted in one digitized document that is used for applicants to renew a lost or stolen “green card.” And it is reported that those who have used the “green card” form have waited months to receive their cards, and some have even said their applications were lost or never returned.
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Jerry Markon of the Washington Post said, “The project’s failures already have daily consequences for millions of immigrants who are in the country legally. Immigration lawyers say the current system leads to lost applications, months-long delays and errors that cause further delays. Immigrants miss deadlines for benefits, meaning they lose everything from jobs and mortgages to travel opportunities.”
Couldn’t a high-school kid with a computer have gotten it done by now?