Rep. Veasey Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Victims of Notario Fraud
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) reintroduced H.R. 3069, the Notario Victim Relief Act, to assist immigrants who have been victims of fraudulent immigration practices. This legislation allows victims of immigration fraud to have unlimited time to refile their immigration related paperwork, permitting them to have an opportunity to reopen their cases and immigrate lawfully.
“Notario fraud” happens when an unauthorized immigration consultant, sometimes known as a “notario” or “notario público” provides legal advice or services without legal authorization. Notario fraud is severely underreported with many fearing that by reporting these crimes, they will put themselves at risk of deportation. According to the Federal Trade Commission, from 2008 to 2013, only 2,296 immigration services complaints nationwide were filed to the FTC. The numbers are clearly underreported due to the lack of information and support provided to immigrants who are taken advantage of by notarios.
In order to better educate residents on who can and cannot legally provide immigration services and update the DFW Metroplex on the latest immigration developments, Congressman Veasey with special guest Congressman Luis Gutierrez, will host a DACA / DAPA informational forum this Saturday, July 18 in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.
“While America waits for House Republicans in Washington to bring immigration reform to the floor for a vote, we cannot forget about the unseen victims of the broken U.S. immigration process. When immigration is in the news, scam artists see an opportunity. This legislation is just the first step towards stopping fraudulent immigration services in our nation and ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society receive the justice they deserve,” Congressman Veasey said.