Illegal Immigrants Are Warned of Scammers as New Obama Policy Takes Effect

James Eng, NBC News, August 14, 2012

As the first of what could be a million or more undocumented young immigrants applies for deportation relief this week under a new Obama administration policy, government, law enforcement and legal officials are warning them not to fall victim to unscrupulous immigration “consultants” ready to scam them.

So-called “notarios” operating in Spanish-speaking communities, some hiding under the guise of travel agencies, translation services and other businesses, are offering to help illegal immigrants navigate the process of applying for relief under the Obama program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.

Notarios can charge hefty fees for services that are unnecessary or that they are not legally authorized to provide, officials say.

“Don’t Get Scammed!” reads a consumer advisory posted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which has held conference calls with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials about notario fraud.

The association has also established a website, stopnotariofraud.org, aimed at keeping immigrants from being victimized. The website warns in bold letters: “Notarios will take your money and your dreams!”

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The Spanish word “notario” has different meanings in different parts of the world. In some Latin American countries, “notario” refers to a lawyer with special credentials. In Hispanic communities in the U.S., unlicensed, underground notarios have been peddling legal services or offering to help fill out the application forms for young undocumented immigrants seeking a reprieve and work permits under the new Obama policy.

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In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to set aside $600,000 for a legal team of immigration lawyers who will help illegal immigrants who apply under the new policy. It’s part of a state plan aimed at shielding illegal immigrants from fraud.

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The DACA program, announced by Obama in June, provides temporary deportation relief and work permits to young undocumented immigrant who meet certain criteria. Unlike the better-known DREAM Act, legislation that has never passed Congress, DACA does not offer a path to citizenship.

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that as many as 1.76 million people could be eligible for an extra two years in the U.S. under the new DACA policy. Each applicant must pay a $465 filing fee to the government.

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  • RetronymAnomaly39
  •  Get them out of the shadows and onto the books, it will make it easier to find them and throw them out when the time comes.

  • Wouldn’t have to worry about this problem if they were in Meh-he-co or where ever they came from.

  • Ulick

    This article just gave me an idea of how to make a few extra bucks.

    • Don’t think the Congressional Black Criminal won’t bring it up as soon as he is out of office. It’s the Chicago way to put a living person’s name on something public. Hell Stroeger named the damn new Cook County Hospital after himself.

  • IKantunderstand

    Hmmm, wide screen T.V. or deportation relief…..DING DING DING we have a winner. And it ain’t deportation relief; I mean, why pay for “relief” from something that was never a threat to begin with.  

  • IstvanIN

    This has been on the radio all day, this the first day of the Sovereign’s proclamation that all migrants are now free!  Shall we put His bust on a coin?  The half-dollar should be big enough to make a stunning likeness.

  • Chimp Master Rules

    I have the PERFECT solution for a travel agency.  You advertise the secret destination as a beautiful land, with mountains, lakes, forests and streams.  Plenty of work available because the native population is too lazy to pick their crops . . . in fact, too lazy to even plant them.  Cheap, one-way airfare!

    Then you load up the jet, lock the door and next stop is the Congo.

    • OPersephone

      Medical care in the Congo is as good as medicine in any socialized country? Are you huffing glue? Have you ever been to a country with socialized medicine? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry after reading such a statement.

      But, as for the rest of your comment, it sounds perfect!

  • Once again, we see that no expense is too great for illegal invading Hispanics. Just in time for November, I see. What a coincidence! Seriously, how do these politicians justify spending tax payer dollars on providing legal representation for those who violated our sovereignty, as well as rule of law. It is pure insanity.

  • potato78

    US may eventually be bankrupted by many many many politicians like Obama and illegal immigrants.  And also have a huge impact on the quality of medicaid and medicare.