Immigration Law

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New Cal. Bar Unit to Focus on UPIL
Posted on 5 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Dunn said the new unit would be “fully engaged from day one,” focusing on complaints from consumers about notarios and immigration consultants." - Cal. Bar Journal, Feb. 2014 . Read More

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Free Webinar May 22nd: Reaching Victims of Notario Fraud
Posted on 14 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This webinar will examine tools for identifying victims of fraudulent immigration consultants, options for helping victims, and ways to raise awareness about notario fraud in your community. Panelists include Nora Privitera of the Immigrant... Read More

Texas A.G. Shuts Down Fraudulent “Notarios” and Unauthorized Immigration Consultants in South Texas
Posted on 30 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced today that he has shut down three fraudulent “notario” operations in the Rio Grande Valley. A Hidalgo County district court granted the State’s request and issued permanent and temporary... Read More

Help Defeat Scammers; Tell the Truth About the 'New Law'
Posted on 22 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maurice Goldman writes : "I have personally received calls the past few weeks about the “new law” or “nueva ley” that is in effect in immigration. Some reports are that people are already charging for services based on a legalization... Read More

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that CLOVER A. PEREZ was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 121 months in prison for defrauding clients of thousands of dollars by filing false... Read More

Philly Ordinance Strikes Blow Against Notarios, Protects Immigrants
Posted on 12 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Just in time for an expected surge in immigration-services fraud, Philadelphia City Council passed landmark legislation Thursday to crack down on charlatans who pose as lawyers, and others who prey on vulnerable newcomers. Advocates for immigrants... Read More

Minn. 'Notario' Taken Down by ICE, Local Cops
Posted on 12 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Chris LaRiche seduced undocumented immigrants with lies, but he had a secret of his own." - Gregory Pratt, City Pages, Jan. 11, 2012 . Read More

Ticket to Nowhere
Posted on 1 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Peter St. Cyr, Santa Fe Reporter - Shady consultants in New Mexico lure immigrants with a dream that can't be bought. Read More

Notarios: Immigrant Friend or Foe?
Posted on 9 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The government is warning about potential scams in applying for citizenship and legal status that could cost thousands of dollars. By Hernán Rozemberg Fronteras: Friday, January 6, 2012 Notario... Read More

Are Bureaucrats Blowing Off Obama’s New Immigration Policy?
Posted on 4 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Why are undocumented immigrants that the administration says it intends to help stay in this country still facing deportation?" Nathan Pippenger, The New Republic, Oct. 4, 2011 . Read More

Mayor of Chicago Announces Results of Sting Operation Targeting Fraudulent Immigration Service Providers
Posted on 8 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) targeted 54 known immigration service providers and found that 44 percent of the businesses visited by City inspectors were not in compliance with the City ordinance regulating immigration... Read More

Fake Lawyers and Notaries Prey on Immigrants
Posted on 23 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Notaries are particularly well positioned to capitalize on confusion among immigrants, especially those from Latin America — the largest Chicago immigrant population — as notaries there have considerably more legal agency than... Read More

Notarios: Immigration 'Help' That Hurts
Posted on 30 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration fraud has many faces. There are the dramatic stories of big-time scams – immigrants cheated out of tens of thousands of dollars. But more commonly, it takes the much more banal form of work done poorly by people who aren’t... Read More

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DREAMers: Avoid Notarios and Other Scammers
Posted on 19 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We're not finished cheering, hugging and laughing with joy, but the hard-nosed among us are raising a red flag: DREAMers who may be eligible for Deferred Action and work permits under the new policy announced by DHS and President Obama need... Read More

'Notarios' Defraud Tennessee Hispanics
Posted on 25 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The fact that some portions of Tennessee’s immigration population do not have local roots as deep as in other parts of the country might make the lack of reporting to state officials here worse. There are just fewer people around who can issue... Read More