Albany – Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (Brooklyn, 51st) a native of Puerto Rico who himself immigrated to the United States in 1980, has applauded the Attorney General’s recent move to stop the exploitation of the immigrant community by filing a lawsuit against organizations who prey on immigrants who desire to achieve citizenship.
Ortiz was critical of the behavior of organizations such as the International Immigrants’ Foundation and International Professional Association. While these organizations were supposed to be helping the immigrant community, they were instead adversely causing immigrants great deals of financial loss and mental stress. The illegal actions of International Immigrants’ Foundation and International Professional Association have had disastrous consequences on immigrant communities. In addition to being forced to pay substantial fees, victims and their families are put at risk of suffering permanent damage as a result of receiving incorrect immigration-related legal advice. “These businesses make millions of dollars by exploiting the dreams of New York’s immigrant community,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “By lying about their ability to provide legitimate legal services, these organizations threaten to devastate families and their hopes of a new life. We intend to hold these organizations accountable for their actions and their blatant disregard for the people they claim to help.”
Immigrants, like everybody else, are living through what are already extremely tough economic conditions. In a recent study by the New York Times, it was found that in this tough economic climate, millions of Latino immigrants have stopped sending money to their home countries. The study also found that the immigrant community also finds it tougher to make ends meet, with the loss of low-paying jobs in the economy greatly affecting the immigrant community.
Ortiz stated “The conduct of these organizations is both morally and ethically wrong, and also highly illegal. By filing this lawsuit, the Attorney General has taken an important step forward in protecting immigrant communities from exploitation, deception and fraud in the future”.