I recently came across the below graphic regarding the United States and immigrants. Hot Topic, I know. I have always been surprised at the level of anti-immigrant sentiment in this country. Nothing is black and white. As an immigration attorney, I have to admit that reform would be a good thing for many people. There are hard working families who deserve to be here in a legal status.
Status of Immigration Reform
While the Senate did approve a comprehensive immigration bill last month, it is up to the House now to make a decision. What is going to happen? I wish I had my crystal ball to tell you. In the end, we have no way of knowing how many of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants will qualify for and receive some sort of legal status.
Beware of Notarios and Fraud
The one thing that has come out of this and has been a problem over and over again is the fraud perpetuated against trusting undocumented workers. These people work hard and save money and want to be legal so badly that they will trust in a person who says that they can help them. Recently clients have called me asking to pay for a spot in the immigration reform line. There is no line, not yet anyway. Here are a few key points to remember when it comes to immigration and avoiding fraud:
- Do not pay anyone who says they have a special way to get you legal. There is no special way.
- Do not go to Notarios. They are NOT attorneys.
- Go to an attorney who specializes in Immigration.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Get a second opinion or even a third opinion before doing anything.
What do you think of immigration reform? What do you think of the attached graphic? Does it change how you view immigrants and immigration reform?
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