Immigration Law Blog

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New York Leaders Pioneer Immigration Reform in Their State

New York has great news for advocates of comprehensive immigration reform. Several high powered individuals in New York state have begun to put together a program aimed at protecting the rights of undocumented immigrants currently residing in the state of New York. The Washington Times reported that the state has launched a new task force aimed at keeping predatory parties from taking advantage of immigrants in the area. Formed jointly by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the task force is set to take effect nearly immediately and should have an immensely positive impact on undocumented immigrants in New York.

The Purpose of the task force.
The task force has been established with the purpose of combating private parties and entities that routinely prey on individuals within the immigrant community

In essence, these organizations contact undocumented immigrants who are attempting to gain citizenship through the proper, established channels. The fraudulent organizations then offer false promises of expedited timeframes for citizenship applications, which come at a cost and never materialize. Though rates vary, multiple outlets have indicated that undocumented immigrants are regularly scammed out of amounts varying between several hundred and several thousand dollars.  Because there is no accountability for these organizations such as a state bar association, as it is with attorney’s, these organizations easily take advantage of the vulnerability and fears that many undocumented immigrant have. 

The Task Force
The group being put together will include several individuals, state agencies and parties among the most powerful in New York State.   Amongst these groups leading the task force with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Office of the Attorney General and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. Although the task force will undoubtedly need to recruit other individuals and private contractors to aid in their efforts, these three parties are committed to undertaking the vast majority of the work. The group's efforts will correlate well with President Barack Obama's recent efforts at comprehensive immigration reform.

"As the president's executive action goes into effect, New York is taking the lead to root out fraud against those looking for a better life. Through this strategic partnership, we will hold accountable those who take advantage of vulnerable immigrants and help make the goals of the president's actions a reality for thousands of New Yorkers," said Schneiderman.

Impact and strategy
While the true impact of the task force remains to be seen, it's an extremely promising sign in an
area where immigration services fraud runs rampant. It is important to note that not all immigration services in New York are fraudulent.  However, one of the greatest difficulties in prosecuting these fraudulent parties is that they move around frequently to avoid detection, often taking the money of undocumented immigrants with them. The task force intends to make faster, more expedient prosecution and action against these agencies a priority.

Even with this task force in place, it will be impossible to find and prosecute all of the agencies.  However, hiring an attorney, such as the attorneys and associates of the Law Offices of Keith R. Campbell, is the most secure way to ensure that your immigration matters are being handled with honesty, integrity and with a vast amount of immigration experience.  In addition, all attorneys are held accountable by the state bar association of the state where they hold their license. 

The Law Offices of Keith R. Campbell can assist you with any of your immigration needs in all 50 states.  Call us today at 855-636-3889 to schedule an appointment.




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