Scam Targeting Immigrants To Help with Documentation 8/8/12
CBS 7 News
August 8, 2012
ODESSA, TX - A local Hispanic advocacy group is warning of a scam hitting immigrants who are trying to prepare their paperwork for the upcoming application opening for the deferred action program.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was passed this June allowing illegal immigrants that meet certain criteria to legally stay in the U.S. for up to two years.
Una Voz Unida says several people have reported losing money after paying someone in Midland claiming to be a notary.
The victims paid up to $500 to have this person help them prepare documents ahead of the August 15th application opening.
Executive Director Art Leal says only the person applying for deferred action can prepare any paperwork and warns immigrants not to pay anyone offering a notoriety service.
They will be holding a community forum next Monday with an immigration lawyer available for an answer-question session on the new program.
It's happening on Monday, August 13th at Salinas Park Community Center on Clements Street in Odessa.
The forum begins at 6 p.m.
To contact of Art Leal or Una Voz Unida you can call them at (432) 235-0380.
For more information on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals click here.