In an effort to prevent unlawful immigration practices throughout the County, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion to stop fraudulent notario practices. Chair Hilda L. Solis and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl co-authored the motion, which calls for a report back to the Board in 90 days to help license immigration consultants and fight immigration services fraud.
“We have about 800,000 county residents eligible for citizenship and more than 50,000 eligible for DACA. Our immigrant families deserve to have their questions answered by legitimate legal service providers without getting scammed,” said Chair Solis. “This is about making sure we protect those who are most vulnerable and ensure that the legal system works for everybody.”
“Victims of fraud are often unaware of possible scams by immigration consultants or notarios,” said Supervisor Kuehl. “Victims may be given inaccurate information and asked to pay exorbitant fees, and by the time they realize the fraud they may no longer have enough money to hire legitimate legal counsel to remedy the case.”
Speakers in favor of the motion included several victims of immigration fraud, the Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the LA County Bar Association, and leaders from local immigrant rights organizations.
Despite protections afforded under California’s Immigration Consultants’ Act (“ICA”), California law prohibits immigrant consultant fraud, but County-level regulatory and enforcement authority is needed to enforce compliance and to strengthen the County’s ability to protect residents from predatory immigration consultants
Read the full motion here.
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