Chicago cracking down on ‘notarios’
Chicago’s consumer protection office has been cracking down on businesses providing fraudulent immigration services, reported Juan Perez Jr of the Chicago Tribune, in Chicago cracking down on ‘notarios’. Illegal immigration service practices provided by these businesses included false impersonations as licensed attorneys, excessive pricing, and erroneous contracts.
As of May 2014, an investigation by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection revealed 30 immigration service providers who had been utilizing unlawful practices and as such were issued multiple correction and violation notices by the city. The fines associated with these notices can range from $14,000 to $42,500. With some businesses receiving numerous correction notices, the fines would serve as a statement not only to the businesses fined but to any other immigration consultants operating illegal practices.
By taking these measures and initiating investigations, the city of Chicago as well as the consumer protection office hopes to prevent any further instances of fraudulent immigration service providers taking advantage of those most vulnerable as they navigate through the process of naturalization.
Officials also reminded people that they are able to file a complaint with the city against any immigration service providers believed to be violating the law, overly charging for services, or making exorbitant promises that are not likely to be possible. The city also cautioned against using any consultants who “claim to have special influence with government agencies, ask for extra money for valid immigration status or represents themselves with titles other than “immigration consultant.”
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The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, a university research center with the mission to address the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city, has produced these featured digital publications using the USC Media Curator, an online publishing platform designed to bring together innovative research from across the University of Southern California and beyond. This project curates research relevant for immigrant service providers on the topics of Access & Use of Technology, Access & Use of Financial Services, Notario Fraud, and Driver's Licenses for the unauthorized.