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Illegal U.S. Immigrants in New York To Be Protected from Fraud
Thursday, 26 July 2012
In response to President Obama's decision to allow many illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain here without fear of deportation, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration will pursue an initiative to protect potential immigrants from fraud and unscrupulous practices.
Wide-ranging steps in Mr. Cuomo's plan will help immigrants navigate the Obama administration's policy. New York will pay for a team of immigration lawyers to work with organizations throughout the state to help illegal immigrants who qualify for the new policy and who seek federal permission to remain in the United States legally.
Entering the United States before the age of 16, attending a U.S. school as well as having no criminal record are among other strict requirements for immigrants wanting to live and work in the U.S. under the Obama policy.
The state's immigrant service hot line is also planned to expand to include information about the policy and to direct callers to service providers who can help young U.S. immigrants.
"I think there is going to be a great deal of fraud, and these young people are going to need a great deal of help responding with the kinds of documents the federal government is going to require of them," Cesar A. Perales, New York's secretary of state, said. "It became clear to us that this was going to be a golden opportunity for scammers."
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