They’re called “notarios” or immigration service providers.
They promise to help immigrants with green cards and citizenship.
But not all providers deliver what they promise.
Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the results of a citywide investigation of some of these companies.
It’s is the latest in Mayor Emanuel’s efforts to protect Chicago consumers from predatory businesses.
The Emanuel Administration is announcing the results of this latest consumer protection operation during National Consumer Protection Week.
It’s a national effort to encourage consumers across the country to know their rights and make better-informed decisions.
“I refuse to allow fraudulent immigration assistance providers to take advantage of individuals just looking to access the American Dream,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Enforcement efforts like this ensure that consumers get a fair shake and that
businesses that cut corners or defraud consumers will be held accountable. “
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) targeted 54 known immigration service providers and found that 44 percent of the businesses visited by City inspectors were not in compliance with the City ordinance
regulating immigration service providers. BACP issued 77 charges on 42 Administrative Notices of Violations, with fines for each violation ranging from $200.00 to $10,000 per offense.