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Exploring the use of AI in Immigration

From border security to legal procedures, policymakers and officials are beginning to

explore the potential advantages of implementing artificial intelligence into the immigration system.


Technological developments in AI range from computed chatbox responses such as

Chat GBT to advanced surveillance and facial recognition. The field, notably dominated by

immigrant entrepreneurs, introduces the tools for a new standard of efficiency in which the

immigration system could operate.


In the United States, demand at the borders is so high that the immigration system

continues to be overwhelmed and heavily backlogged due to its inability to process the sheer volume of people. There are simply not enough legal resources and staff to handle the 2.3 million cases currently pending as of June. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, immigrants admitted temporarily into the country wait an average of two years for their case to work its way through the system. At the border, the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with other intergovernmental agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and ICE, struggle with access to facility space and resources to promptly and properly accommodate migrants. The system as a whole remains contentious and viewed as insufficient across party lines, but artificial intelligence may be able to address the longstanding call for reform.


ChatGBT enables migrants to access information and resources in navigating

immigration like never before. Applicants are able to use this online chatbox to breakdown

everything and prepare for every stage of the process. At the first stage, aspiring migrants are able to investigate their options by looking at visa and document requirements and

corresponding processing timelines. Furthermore, applicants can ask ChatGBT to explain dense legislation in more straightforward and colloquial terms. Preparing applications, resumes, and interviews can be simplified by simply asking for which the AI will output instructions, templates, and relevant information at the disposal of inquiries. One of the key features is the programs ability to translate and help to remove any language barrier in navigating and clarifying the process. ChatGBT works to open doors for so many by making the immigration process easier and more digestible to foreigners.


In the courts, the American Immigration Lawyers Association in partnership with legal

technology company Visalaw.AI launched a tool to aid lawyers in research and documentation. This product titled GPT4 provides immigration lawyers and legal teams with comprehensive legal research, summarization, translation, and drafting in reference to the national database library for immigration law. The National Bar Association organization praises the ability of the tool to conduct efficient and accurate data and documents all whilst maintaining the security and privacy of the clients. Visalaw.AI developed GPT4 with distinct access to filter through the extensive legal database separate from the exchange of personal client data. Introduced just last month, the aim of GPT4 is to provide the existing limited number of immigration legal teams the ability to process migrants faster and thoroughly to ease the pressure on the system. This promising technology awaits implementation and confidentiality testing.


Border management has long understood the attraction of artificial intelligence in

operations with the shift to automated surveillance. This switch relies on computers to generate the determination of potential threats as well as responses. The Department of Homeland Security cites video and image redaction, object identification, contraband and anomaly screening, and data categorization as their current uses of artificial intelligence. The application of artificial intelligence allegedly enables border patrol efforts to cut down response times and devote more resources to critical threat analysis and crises.


The recurring issue with developing artificial intelligence into systems like border security is its pace compared to that of its legislative counterpart. Regulation for the implementation of artificial intelligence falls behind the pace of its deployment which concerns citizens and government officials alike. Although the EU and UN crackdown on the conversation for placing guidelines and constraints, developments in autonomous tracking and detection technology in public spaces and even personal devices have many fearful. Lack of clear rules and regulations for the use of AI leaves it subject to discriminatory and invasive uses too. The conversation on the global stage is crucial to establishing such clarity and drawing lines in the sand for the role of artificial intelligence.


The advantages for providing applicants and federal employees alike with the

appropriate tools are highly evident. Artificial Intelligence like Visalaw.AI and surveillance

monitoring offer prospective benefits, but also invite concerns for privacy and restrictions. The immigration system is able to make incredible strides in processing and accessibility with the aid of AI, however, not without caution.



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