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WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 16, 2012 — The United States offers those willing to work hard the chance to live a safe and productive life. Now that chance is a reality for young undocumented immigrants.
The American Bar Association urges those hoping to take advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program who believe they need help to complete their application to contact local legal aid providers, a qualified immigration lawyer or an accredited representative for assistance. Applicants can also call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at 1-800-375-5283, or visit its website for additional information.
The ABA is also concerned that some individuals will use this program to exploit young people who are understandably daunted by the paperwork requirements. Persons who bill themselves as “immigration consultants,” or “notarios,” are not licensed lawyers and are unqualified to offer legal advice. To combat unscrupulous nonlawyer immigration consultants, the ABA offers resources to help victims and immigration lawyers through our Fight Notario Fraud Project.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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