42. Immigration Goes Online

Thousands of immigrants who need to file papers to immigration status, green cards, and resident cards longer have to stand in line for hours end. The immigration office now has a new called Info Pass. Applicants simply schedule a time a date to meet with an immigration officer Info Pass. They don't even have to go the immigration office. Info Pass is a website they can access on their home computer or library computer.
To beat the crowds, immigrants in Angeles used to get in line the night . They would start lining up outside the building 6:00 p.m. and spend the night in the or, occasionally, in the rain. By the following , there might be 200 people in line. This, course, was an unpleasant surprise to people who they were early birds by arriving at 7:00 .m. Sometimes people would sell their place in line others for $50 or more.
Where there are , there are vendors. No one had to worry going hungry in line because of the variety hot and cold food and drinks being sold night long. Occasionally the police received reports about being pickpocketed while waiting in the overnight lines. such reports were rare. Many immigrants prefer not get involved with police for fear of being back to their native country.
With the new , people with appointments are in and out of building within an hour. Applicants show up 15 before their appointment time. Things are so efficient that about 120 applicants per hour can be through the immigration office. Before Info Pass, it about 40 people an hour.