Immigration attorneys warning about possible scammers in the Valley targeting DACA recipients

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Since President Donald Trump announced his decision to end DACA in early September (KFSN)

Since President Donald Trump announced his decision to end DACA in early September, immigration attorney Camille Cook's office has been inundated with calls of paranoia.

"On some level, it proves people's fears, they feel like it proves that they are right, that he doesn't like immigrants," said Cook.

Getting all those eligible to renew their work permits before the October 5th deadline is one challenge--now attorneys are also watching out for scammers--already rumors are starting to spread the Valley.

"People are advertising that you can appeal--and it's just not true there is no appeal, so obviously there is no point in paying somebody to do that," said Cook.

Advocates want you to know that DACA is not taking new applicants. Only those who have a work permit expiring before March 5th quality for a 2-year extension-and when preparing your papers, only go to a licensed attorney or accredited representative.

"Definitely make sure they are well licensed and well prepared to handle the applications," said Ariela Melchor, immigration advocate.

Many people also make the mistake of going to a 'notario' or notary public. In the U.S., they cannot practice immigration law.

"And a lot of times it gets them into deportation proceedings, and that's why we want the public to be aware there are scams out there," said Melchor.

There are also legitimate organizations that can help. Advocates recommend checking your local nonprofits for free workshops --and others who can help pay for your DACA renewal.
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