Congressmen Bill Foster (D, IL-11) and Ted Deutch (D, FL-21) want
immigrants protected from fraudulent and unethical legal representation.
two representatives introduced the Protecting Immigrants from Legal
Exploitation Act in the House this summer, which would impose stiff penalties on “notarios”, or immigration consultants, who deliberately provide immigrants with deceitful services.
victims who have been scammed by notarios can permanently miss out on
their opportunity for legal status. In many instances, these
dishonest services have resulted in the deportation of immigrants who
might have been eligible for legal status, Foster said when talking to reporters about the issue.
“These immigrants were just trying to
follow the letter of the law," Foster stressed. "We should not be
punishing people who are making a good-faith effort to play by the rules
just because they have become victims of fraud."
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