Organizers: ‘Hack the Ban’ aims to fight immigration discrimination
Technologists, united with nonprofit organizations, held a hackathon event in Downtown Brooklyn Saturday, aiming to battle against the recent attempt to ban refugees and immigrants from seven-Muslim majority nations into the United States.
Software developer Josh Mass-Howard says he does not agree with the Trump administration's effort to install a travel ban.
"[The ban] put a lot of vulnerable populations kind of in the cross-hairs and made them more vulnerable," says Mass-Howard.
He helped organize the "Hack the Ban" event, which was created to help organizations serve their community more effectively by providing digital tools and solutions. One group worked on an app called Raid Alert, which provides information about immigration raids.
More than 160 people registered for the hackathon, many of whom said the event is integral in the fight against immigration discrimination.