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Battling Immigration Fraud

Crackdowns on notarios have caught media attention recently, and with good reason. Notarios are generally those who may be notaries but pretend to be licensed attorneys. In many other countries, notaries and attorneys are one and the same. However, notarios in the United States use this fact to take advantage of unsuspecting and newly arrived immigrants by pretending they can help them with their immigration issues. Not only is this the unauthorized practice of law and thus illegal under state laws, but notarios often misguide their clients to have their visas eventually denied or even have them deported. Notario fraud has especially experienced an uptick with the recent media attention over immigration reform with false promises to obtain green cards for undocumented noncitizens. However, we remind our readers that this legislation is only proposed and not yet law and people with immigration issues should always seek the advice and assistance from an immigration attorney with an active license.d

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