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Immigrants Confused on Details of Obama Amnesty Plan

By    |   Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 11:01 AM

The government has not yet provided information about President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, leaving many undocumented immigrants still confused over what their legal status will be when the program rolls out next year.

The executive action could shield up to five million undocumented immigrants, many of whom are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents from deportation while allowing them work permits. With the details still unclear, however, immigrants are seeking answers from many places and sometimes from unscrupulous sources, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Immigrants have been visiting orientation meetings, such as one held recently in Atlanta, as well as visiting attorneys and consultants, and experts are encouraging them to start gathering documents that prove that they have lived in the United States for at least the past five years.

But they're being warned not to visit "notarios," or notaries public, said Jonathan Eoloff, the Latin American Association's director for immigration services after his agency sponsored the Atlanta event.

While notaries in the United States authenticate signatures, in Latin America, notarios are attorneys with specialized training, who from storefronts offer services like tax preparation, immigration-form completion, and translation services. Some of the dishonest ones are under investigation and in California the state is attempting to regulate them, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Many immigrants have ended up in deportation proceedings after they were misrepresented by notaries.

"Consumers risk losing not just their money but also their dream,” said Rigo Reyes, chief of investigations for the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, citing a case involving an immigrant who lost $17,300 after paying a consultant who had promised his family would receive green cards.

Immigration attorney Lino Rodriguez told people attending the event in Atlanta that while he does not know many details, he does know that as illegals have been in the country since Jan. 1, 2010 and are parents of U.S. citizens, they can apply for a temporary legal status that lasts three years.

The process, though, could require hiring legal representation and accountants, a prospect that confused many of those at the meeting.

Many immigrants had questions about paying income taxes, as they now pay using tax ID numbers that do not match false Social Security numbers they provide employers, and one couple said they had filed their taxes jointly, even though they were not married.

One woman, though, was concerned about seeking amnesty because Republicans have vowed to reverse Obama's immigration action.

"If this is undone, immigration [authorities] will know where we work, where we live — everything," she said.

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