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File #: Res 1515-2012    Version: * Name: Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2011. (S.1336)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Immigration
On agenda: 9/24/2012
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign S.1336, also known as the “Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2011,” which would impose criminal penalties on any person who falsely represents himself or herself as an immigration attorney or as an accredited immigration representative.
Sponsors: Daniel Dromm , Gale A. Brewer, Margaret S. Chin, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Rosie Mendez, Deborah L. Rose, Jumaane D. Williams, Annabel Palma, Jessica S. Lappin, Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Council Member Sponsors: 14
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Testimony, 3. Hearing Transcript
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013*Daniel Dromm City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/17/2013*Daniel Dromm Committee on Immigration Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/17/2013*Daniel Dromm Committee on Immigration Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/24/2012*Daniel Dromm City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/24/2012*Daniel Dromm City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1515
 
 
Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign S.1336, also known as the "Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2011," which would impose criminal penalties on any person who falsely represents himself or herself as an immigration attorney or as an accredited immigration representative.
 
 
By Council Members Dromm, Brewer, Chin, Ferreras, James, Koppell, Koslowitz, Lander, Mendez, Rose, Williams, Palma, Lappin and Rodriguez   
 
Whereas, For many immigrants, the pathway to permanent residency in the United States can be complex and confusing; and
Whereas, According to the most recent census, approximately three million immigrants reside in New York City, many of whom are recent arrivals to this great City; and
Whereas, New immigrant populations are prone to fall victim to abuse and manipulation and are often misled by unlicensed and unqualified immigration service providers; and
Whereas, For example, among many Latino communities, fraudulent immigration service providers advertise as "notario publicos" to take advantage of the confusion created by the fact that certain Spanish-speaking countries allow notaries to practice law; and
Whereas, Unfortunately, opportunistic scam artists have defrauded immigrants applying for citizenship, petitioning for permanent residency for loved ones, and pursuing employment-based visas; and
Whereas, Such fraud undermines confidence in the legal system and in legitimate and ethical immigration attorneys; and
Whereas, In an ongoing effort to combat such fraud,  New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office recently filed suit against a Queens County woman who allegedly defrauded hundreds of immigrants out of approximately $250,000; and
Whereas, Furthermore, last year the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) announced that over a two-year period it conducted more than 280 investigations of immigrant service providers suspected of breaking local laws, which resulted in the issuance of 134 violations and $288,268 in fines for running various scams; and
Whereas, The New York State Attorney General's and DCA's efforts to eliminate the bad actors in this field to protect immigrants from unscrupulous immigration services providers is admirable, but unfortunately, it has not adequately addressed this overwhelming problem; and
Whereas, The Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2011, introduced in the United States Senate on July 7, 2011, seeks to impose criminal sanctions on individuals who take advantage of this population by fraudulently representing themselves as immigration attorneys or accredited immigration representatives; and
Whereas, If enacted, the Immigration Fraud Prevention Act would aid in curbing abusive practices against the immigrant community and additionally provide justice for victims; now, therefore, be it  
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign S.1336, also known as the "Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2011," which would impose criminal penalties on any person who falsely represents himself or herself as an immigration attorney or as an accredited immigration representative.
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9/12/12