BBB Offers Tips to DACA Recipients Seeking Lawyers

September 05, 2017

Thomas Johnson,                                                              
Director of Public and Board Relations, 
BBB Serving Chicago & Northern Illinois, 312-245-2643             

Judith Ruiz-Branch
PR & Community Outreach Coordinator
BBB Serving Chicago & Northern Illinois, 312-245-2516


BBB Offers Tips to DACA Recipients Seeking Lawyers

The Trump Administration announced this week the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, potentially putting 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. In Illinois, there are 42,400 DACA recipients, according to the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition.

Steve Bernas, President and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois says, “As a result of the DACA announcement, Dreamers, as they are commonly referred to, will be looking for legal advice on how to proceed. Emotions will be running high in the coming days and weeks and scammers will be looking to take advantage.” 

He adds, “The most important thing to remember is never act hastily because it’s those rash decisions that scammers bank on.”

BBB urges consumers to never 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.

Make sure to check out any company, lawfirm or lawyer first with BBB before doing business with them.


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