BBB Offers Tips to DACA Recipients Seeking Lawyers

September 07, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. - Earlier this week the Trump Administration and the Department of Homeland Security announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and initiated the orderly phase out of the program. This will potentially put the nearly 800,000 young immigrants that have received work permits and deportation relief since its inception in August 2012 at risk of deportation.

According to the Pew Research Center, DACA renewals have increased significantly since the program started. Halfway through fiscal 2017, more than 200,000 unauthorized immigrants have renewed their benefits so far. California leads the nation in DACA recipients with 223,000 DACA applications approved, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Better Business Bureau Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties urges consumers to always check out any business or lawyer with the BBB and to follow the following tip when seeking representation:


  • Don't go to a notario, notario público or a notary public for legal advice. While the word “notario” may refer to a powerful attorney in many Latin American countries, in the U.S., notarios are not lawyers and they are not authorized to provide legal advice or represent consumers at government agencies.
  • Do not provide confidential information over the phone or via email.
  • Always ask for an in-person consultation before making any decisions or signing any documents.
  • Beware of businesses or individuals who guarantee they can get you a Visa, Green Card or Employment Authorization Document. Also, be careful of individuals who claim to be affiliated or have special connections to USCIS.
  • Don't let anyone keep your original documents, such as your birth certificate or passport. Scammers may keep them until you pay to get them back. 
  • Do not send funds through Western Union or buy prepaid cards, always pay in credit so you can have a paper trail, and NEVER pay in cash. 
  • Never sign a document before reading it entirely or a document that contains obsolete or incorrect information.


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ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties which was founded in 1950 and serves Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Tulare, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

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