While the application process for President Barack Obama's new executive action on immigration has yet to be revealed, the Mexican government and immigration advocates are warning undocumented immigrants of scams by unscrupulous individuals and "notarios" who pose as lawyers.The whole illegal alien industry is a scam, so why would it be surprising it would attract scammers who scam other scammers?
The Mexican Consulate in El Paso on Monday announced the start of a campaign to prevent fraud by bogus consultants who offer bad advice and false promises to con immigrants out of money.
The consulate along with local immigration attorneys and organizations will expand services to inform immigrants on who will qualify for relief from deportation under the new policy....So a foreign consulate, operating on U.S. territory, is going to "inform immigrants who will qualify for relief from deportation"?
...The Mexican government welcomes Obama's action on immigration and considered it a recognition of immigrants' contribution to the United States, said Jacob Prado, the consul general of Mexico in El Paso. "They come to work hard and with their work they contribute significantly to the economy, culture and society of the U.S.," he said.And of course, the consulate is going to be mixed up in all this.
Prado said the Mexican Consulate in El Paso is prepared to assist and guide Mexican immigrants so they have the necessary documents to comply with the application process once the new requirements are made public...But there are scammers out there " who may take advantage of Obama's immigration to charge large sums of money for nonexistent applications and false or misleading consultations."
So the Mexican consulate is on this:
Prado said the Mexican consulate kicked off the campaign "No te dejes engañar" (Do not be fooled) to create awareness about "notarios" and other scammers who want to take advantage of immigrants.
Local immigration law offices, such as Canales & Canales firm, will also help the immigrants by offering a free one-time consultation, while accredited organizations, such as Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services and Las Américas Immigrant Advocacy Center, will have free workshops and informational consultations on a walk-in basis.
As the demand for information grows, the Mexican consulate, located at the corner of San Antonio Avenue and Virginia Street, said it will expand its hours of consular services, which include the issuing of birth certificates, passports and the matrícula consular, an ID card issued to Mexican citizens living in the U.S.
It will also increase the number of weekends that the consulate will open and mobile units that will travel to communities in New Mexico to provide consular services. Mexican Consulate in El Paso warns of possible immigration scams Lorena Figueroa, El Paso Times, Nov. 24, 2014