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Immigration Law

Lawsuit: Austin Business Fleeced Immigrants

"The Texas attorney general's office has frozen the assets of an Austin-based group that it says broke state laws by promising immigration assistance to clients — sometimes for large sums of money — that it did not deliver, officials said Wednesday.  Travis County state District Judge Scott Jenkins granted the state prosecutors' request for an asset freeze and temporary restraining order against Just for People Inc., as well as its directors and affiliates, officials with the attorney general's office said.  The order comes as part of a lawsuit the attorney general filed this month that said the directors of Just for People and a related business promised immigration counseling services to Spanish-speaking people seeking to gain citizenship. The organization said it could help people obtain legal residence papers, work visas and appointments with immigration authorities.  The business did not deliver on those promises and would respond with threats if their clients complained, a violation of the state's deceptive trade practices laws, the lawsuit said." - Austin American-Statesman, July 26, 2012.