The <em>San Jose Mercury News </em>speaks with Karen Grisez about companies that fraudulently consult immigrant families seeking legal residency in the United States

The San Jose Mercury News speaks with Karen Grisez about companies that fraudulently consult immigrant families seeking legal residency in the United States

Washington, DC litigation special counsel Karen Grisez was quoted in an article about the City of Oakland's lawsuit against American Legal Services in U.S. Superior Court alleging that the firm is scamming immigrant families by fraudulently representing itself as a service to help people seek legal residency in the United States. Commenting on the role of immigration consultants who falsely represent themselves as attorneys Ms. Grisez said, "They can, in some Latin American countries, properly give immigration advice. In the United States, however, fraudulent consultants set themselves in neighborhoods heavily populated with Latinos and put themselves, for example, in a travel agency. It's culturally a place where people are used to going to, and the consumer has no idea there's anything wrong with the practice." Ms. Grisez is chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration.

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