Fearing Scams, NY Plans to Protect Young Undocumented Immigrants

Fearing Scams, NY Plans to Protect Young Undocumented Immigrants

"New York is launching a program aimed at protecting young undocumented immigrants from being exploited by scam artists when they begin to apply for temporary work permits next month under President Barack Obama’s new immigration policy.  Some 90,000 young undocumented immigrants may be eligible for deferred action, which allows those who were brought to the U.S. as children to apply for relief from deportation and a two-year work permit.  “Many of these young people will be defrauded,” New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales said. “We’ve seen immigration scams very frequently in the past. What we want to do is offer an alternative.”  New York State Department of State is coordinating bar associations to expand access to pro bono attorneys who will help young people prepare applications for deferred action." - Mirela Iverac, July 26, 2012.