ark Udall introduced amendments today to the immigration-reform bill before the U.S. Senate to strengthen the bill's consumer-protection provisions. Unscrupulous notarios or "immigration consultants" have become an increasingly serious problem in immigrant communities in Colorado and throughout the United States. Often using false advertising and fraudulent contracts, notarios represent themselves as experts who can help immigrants obtain lawful status or perform legal functions such as drafting wills or other legal documents.
"Scammers often prey on vulnerable immigrants for whom English may be a second language or are unfamiliar with the complex paperwork needed to become legal residents. As we provide a pathway to earned citizenship, we need to do everything we can to educate immigrants about those trying to lure them off this path," Udall said. "My amendment would strengthen the immigration-reform bill's consumer-protection provisions and ensure that we crack down on this problem."
Udall's plan would :
Direct the U.S. Department of Justice to carry out a program to educate immigrants about notario fraud.
Help immigrants that have fallen victim to notario fraud by allowing an applicant to withdraw, without prejudice, an application for immigration status if he or she demonstrates that the application was prepared or submitted by a fraudulent notario.