"I can't be in every bus telling them their rights, but I could make something that would be like if I was in the bus and telling them what their rights were," Morales said. "So I thought of an app."
He worked with the Seattle-based software group Subsplash, which is focused on developing Christian-based applications for smartphones and counts more than 600 titles to its credit.
The free application called "Derechos Herencia" takes users through a series of menus that are guided by the law enforcement agency an undocumented immigrant might encounter. Those agencies include the Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and local police.
It explains immigrant rights in Spanish (Morales said an English language version would available at a future date) and it also includes links to petitions for illegal immigrants facing deportation proceedings as well as an ability to sign petitions geared toward immigrant rights.
Mark Alvarez, a Salt Lake City-based lawyer who works closely with the immigrant community, said he reviewed the application and said the design toward pushing activism was one of its more unique features.
He also said it was smart to target an application for the Hispanic community.
According to a 2012 survey by NielsenWire, 57.3 percent of Hispanics use smartphones trailing only Asian-Americans in terms of smartphone usage.
Dan Kowalski, an immigration lawyer based in Texas, said the application was great.
"This is a very good thing," he said. "So many people in immigration stops and arrests just out of fear start talking and cook their own goose. This is great information."
Thematically, it is similar to the cards provided by the American Civil Liberties Union that outline the rights of undocumented immigrants as well as several smartphone applications that outline a person's individual rights when facing law enforcement during a protest.
Morales said he hoped the application also available on iPads and Android phones would be used by not only those who need the assistance but those who support immigrant rights.