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White House Going After Immigration Services Scams

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Some good news. For years, "notarios" have been victimizing thousands of immigrants by giving bogus immigration advice, filing for immigration benefits for which applicants are ineligible and often, outright stealing money. Often, these are individuals pretending to be lawyers and one way they do this is to become a notary public (which usually involves little more than paying a small application fee and filling out a simple application form for the privilege of being able to verify signatures). In many Latin American countries, the term "notario" refers to a type of lawyer and many of these scammers like to foster the confusion.


Today the Administration will unveil an initative that is a combined effort of the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. According to DHS, the effort will focus on enforcing existing laws, educating the public and better inter-agency coordination to combat the scams.


We'll know more this afternoon after the formal plan is unveiled.

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  1. Another Voice's Avatar
    Immigration Court Backlogs Grow

    If House Republicans succeed in passing a bill that would allow for indefinite detention, backlogs in some courts could become even worse, said Emily Tucker of Detention Watch Network.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/08/immigration-court-backlog_n_873028.html
  2. gg's Avatar
    any idea when they plan to go after uscis ?
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