Bill to Protect Immigrants from Fraud Delayed

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO—AB 638 (Caballero) an immigrant consumer protection bill was expected to be heard in the Senate Appropriations committee but was held by the Chair to allow more time to discuss amendments.

“Amidst much frustration and disappointment, I will continue to work with my colleagues to find a middle ground for AB 638. For the time being, the bill will wait until early next year to be considered for a vote in the legislature. I would like to thank Senator Ricardo Lara for advocating for this bill and for his longstanding support and determination to protect our immigrant community.”

AB 638 would prohibit any person from acting as an “immigration consultant” unless the person is an attorney or an “accredited representative” authorized by federal law. The bill intends to combat immigration fraud, stop the unauthorized practice of law, regulate immigration service providers, and add consumer protections for those that need assistance on immigration matters.

Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero is the Chair of the Agriculture committee, of the California State Assembly. She represents the 30th District, composed of the Salinas Valley, San Benito County, South Santa Clara County, and the city of Watsonville.