Tips for DACA Recipients Following the Program's Wind Down

September 08, 2017

WEST SACRAMENTO, CALIF, - Earlier this week the Trump Administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, potentially putting nearly 800,000 young immigrants that have received work permits and deportation relief at risk of deportation. The program began in August 2012.

Better Business Bureau is urging DACA recipients to avoid potential DACA, and other immigration scams by pro-actively seeking competent legal assistance rather than responding to unsolicited appeals. 

“Emotions are running high for many families across the U.S. as a result of the end of the DACA program. But please remember to be on your toes, and be wary of scam artists and internet criminals who  may attempt to take advantage of the current political climate in order to gain access to your money, personal information, or both,” said Lynn Conner, President & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Northeast California. 

Better Business Bureau urges consumers to:

  • Check out any business or lawyer with BBB at
  • Do not 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.
  • Be wary of businesses or individuals who guarantee they can get you a Visa, Green Card, or Employment Authorization Document. Also be wary of any individual or business who claims to have “special connections” with USCIS.
  • Do not let anyone keep your original documents, such as your birth certificate or passport.
  • Do not pay for blank government forms. Government forms are free, but there may be a fee when you submit them.
  • Always request an in-person consultation before making any decisions or signing documents.
  • Be sure to read every document thoroughly before signing. Also never sign blank or incomplete documents.
  • Do not send payments via wire transfer, prepaid debit card, or gift cards.

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Tips for DACA Recipients Following the Program's Wind Down