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Immigrants Warned Not to Fall Prey to Amnesty Plan Fraud

By    |   Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 06:03 PM

Some people fear that President Barack Obama's new immigration plan could set up "scams, rumors and a lot of questions," Public Radio International reports as illegal residents seek out credible advocates for assistance and a legal path forward.

As immigration lawyers report floods of inquiries over specifics of the executive order, even they must tell concerned prospective clients to wait until key details are in place and then they can help sort out eligibility and needed paperwork.

Amid those worries, the New York Immigration Coalition is among a host of outreach groups trying to allay fears but also to get in front of scams by storefront notaries — viewed by some as having the same heft as a lawyer — set up to assist unsuspecting illegal residents who would eagerly pay for help.

The coalition fears many immigrants could believe false promises for assistance in the six-month period from when the president made his announcement to when the plan would likely begin, PRI reported.

Time is concerning. Some immigrants fear the president's plan may be unpopular with a future president, and hope to quickly apply for his amnesty program before it goes away with a new administration, PRI noted. That haste may also make them more vulnerable, PRI noted.

"This is a temporary relief and, God forbid the new president would decide to set aside this policy," New York City-area immigration lawyer Gisela Chavez-Garcia told PRI. "Then they don't have anything, and immigration has all their information. I caution them that, while this is good for now, I don't know how long this will last."

In immigrant-heavy Los Angeles, fraud fears are starting to emerge, the Los Angeles Times reports.

For that reason, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has issued a consumer alert advising against notary "fraud" by " con artists emerging to prey on vulnerable consumers seeking help with immigration services, the Times reported.

Rigo Reyes, chief of investigations for the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, told the Times that an estimated 2,500 people could be filling out illegal immigration paperwork for immigrants or offering bad advice.

"Consumers risk losing not just their money but also their dream," Reyes said. "People are paying thousands of dollars for something that can eventually lead to deportation."

In Arizona, authorities are extending similar cautions to illegal residents, the Phoenix Business Journal noted.

Mercedes Ryden, head of the Arizona chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told the Journal: "We strongly caution anyone against retaining services of a notary public and urge immigrants to seek the advice of a licensed attorney, as we do not yet know who will qualify and how individuals can apply for this relief."

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