While LIRS applauds the Administration’s recent enforcement and deportation policy announcement, we are concerned that unscrupulous individuals may try to use the new policy to defraud immigrants. Scams may not only result in wasted money, but could have significant consequences for legal cases. Here is some general guidance:
– Immigrants cannot sign up to get their cases dismissed or to receive a work permit. Anyone who claims you can sign up should not to be trusted.
– There is no safe way for undocumented immigrants to turn themselves in to immigration authorities and there is no guarantee that all cases will be considered a “low priority.”
– If immigrants have questions about their cases or their rights, they should seek the advice of a qualified immigration lawyer.
LIRS encourages you to read and share this consumer warning published in English and Spanish by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Here are some additional articles posted about the new deportation policy. [ New York Daily News ] [ Chicago Sun Times ]