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  • Another Action by Texas Attorney General to Combat Immigration Consultant Fraud (12/6/2004)
    Thanks to the work of the Texas Office of Attorney General, the Austin yellow pages now include bilingual notices in the "Immigration Consultant" and "Notaries Public" listings explaining that only BIA-authorized representatives and attorneys may legally represent individual in immigration matters.
    AILA Doc. No. 04120662.
  • Texas Attorney General Sues Immigration Consultant (11/19/2004)
    Texas Attorney General Abbott announces the filing of a suit agains Grupo ECSA, an operation that allegedly provided unauthorized legal advise on immigration matters but "did little or nothing to advance" the cases of those who paid them for services. An announcement in Spanish also is provided.
    AILA Doc. No. 04111962.
  • Million Dollar Verdict Against Texas Immigration Consultants(53 KB - 9/14/2004)
    In another entry in the Texas Attorney General's campaign against fraudulent immigration consultants, a Texas jury awarded a verdict of more than $1 million against a notario office, including restitution to consumers. Press release in English and Spanish. AILA Doc. No. 04091411.
    AILA Doc. No. 04091411.
  • Texas Attorney General Sues West Texas Notario Operation (9/10/2004)
    As part of his aggressive program to attack fraudulent immigration assistance operations, the Texas Attorney General has sued another "notario" operation, seeking injunction and a freeze on assets. Press release in English and Spanish.
    AILA Doc. No. 04091065.
  • Texas Attorney General Announces Sentencing of Immigration Consultant (7/12/2004)
    Statement, in English and Spanish, of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot regarding the sentencing of an immigration consultant for defrauding hundreds of immigrant families.
    AILA Doc. No. 04071269.
  • Texas Attorney General Closes Down Fraudulent Immigration Consultant (7/12/2004)
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot annouces that an immigration consultant who presented herself as a "notario publico," falsely implying that she was a lawyer, has been shut down. The difference between notaries and attorneys is discussed.
    AILA Doc. No. 04071268.
  • Maine Governor Orders Immigration Status Be Kept Confidential (4/13/2004)
    The Governor of Maine signed an executive order decreeing that state workers not disclose certain information, including immigration status, deemed to be confidential. Law enforcement agents are not to inquire about immigration status unless pursuing other unlawful activity. Courtesy of Center for Prevention of Hate Violence in Portland, ME.
    AILA Doc. No. 04041361.
  • Information from the Texas DPS on Obtaining a Texas Driver’s License (11/20/2003)
    Information from the Texas Department of Public Safety about obtaining a driver’s license in Texas. Courtesy of Paul Parsons.
    AILA Doc. No. 03112040.
  • Treasury Authorizes Financial Institutions to Accept Foreign Government Issued Identification Documents (9/22/2003)
    Following its inquiry into its 5/9/03 rules implementing customer identification requirements for financial institutions under section 326 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the Treasury Department determined that it will not make changes to its rules regarding banks' ability to accept foreign identification. AILA Doc. No. 03092245
    AILA Doc. No. 03092245.
  • Former Commissioner Urges DOJ to Cease Operational Roles (6/16/2003)
    Former INS Commissioner Ziglar, in a speech to the ACLU, urged that all remaining operational units of the Justice Department, namely FBI, DEA, and ATF, be removed from that agency to help in the promotion of civil liberties.
    AILA Doc. No. 03061641.
  • CGFNS Now Accepts TOEIC and IELTS English Language Exams (3/12/2003)
    CGFNS press release announces that, as of 3/3/03, scores from the Test of English in International Communication and the International English Language Testing System will be accepted for the visa screen.
    AILA Doc. No. 03031243.
  • Canadian Landed Immigrant Visa Applications (2/20/2003)
    The U.S. Embassy in Canada announces how it will handle visa applications for Canadian Landed Immigrants wishing to enter the United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 03022041.
  • Regulation Would Require Financial Institutions to Check IDs (7/18/2002)
    The Treasury Dept. announced proposed regulations to require financial institutions to obtain identification from customers opening new accounts. 'Non-U.S. persons' would need to provide an identification number from a government-issued document. The text of the regulations will be posted to InfoNet when published.
    AILA Doc. No. 02071841.
  • EEOC Rescinds Guidance on Undocumented Worker Protection (7/3/2002)
    In light of the Hoffman Plastic Compounds case, the EEOC rescinds its earlier guidance on remedies for undocumented workers. However, EEOC indicates that it will not, on its own initiative, inquire into a worker's immigration status.
    AILA Doc. No. 02070343.
  • USDA to Process Pending J-1 Cases; White House to Review Program (4/17/2002)
    In AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 02030671, we reported on the USDA’s decision to terminate its participation in the J-1 waiver program, effective February 27, 2002. The USDA now states that it will process the 86 pending applications for interested government agency sponsorship upon receipt of security clearances from the DOJ and DOS.
    AILA Doc. No. 02041733.
  • Asylum Referral Line (8/20/2001)
    A resource for referring asylees to obtain information about benefits and services.
    AILA Doc. No. 01082037.
  • Canadian Pilot Project to Provide Employment Authorization for Spouses of Temporary Workers (2/1/1999)
    A Canadian pilot project was launched on 10/15/98 to issue employment authorizations to spouses of highly skilled temporary workers.
    AILA Doc. No. 99020156.
 
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