Unlicensed immigration services in the news

The state Attorney General’s Office accused 28 businesses of immigration fraud charges in November, alleging that they charged customers in exchange for filling out forms or offered legal advice on immigration matters that can be performed only by an attorney or by a representative accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals, an appellate body within the U.S. Department of Justice.

The investigation offered a window into what officials and advocates called an “underground economy” of unlicensed practitioners purporting to be qualified to help in immigration matters.

Read more at https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2019/02/04/new-jersey-fraudulent-immigration-services/2678768002/

Free Manny

by Sharif Elzein

Approaching Essex County Correctional Facility, the first thing that strikes you is the smell. The pungent odor of chemicals and industrial waste. There is a faint scent when passing over the area on the 78 Highway, but here on the ground, the smell is noxious, filling your lungs, overcoming your senses. You are swallowed in a sea of steel and concrete; reckless 16-wheel big-rigs rampaging in your rearview mirror, industrial factories, warehouses, wrecked-car lots, broken roads, surrounding and leading to the prison.  The overall brutality of the area is overwhelming. The sparse shrubbery and scant trees lining the street look depressed and out of place, ornaments alongside factory fences, not sure of their role in the sprawling industrial complex. Continue reading “Free Manny”