Bill To Protect Immigrants In Legal Cases Advances

April 25, 2016

A bill to protect Spanish-speaking immigrants from unknowingly hiring non-attorneys to represent them in immigration matters has passed the state Senate.

Senators voted 26-8 to approve the bill.

It requires "notarios," or notary publics, to advertise that they are not authorized to practice immigration law — unless they actually are.

Violators could face civil fines.

Notarios are attorneys in many Latin American countries. But Colorado attorneys say some take advantage of Spanish-speaking immigrants by claiming to be able to represent them in U.S. legal matters, especially immigration cases.

The House already passed the bill, which now goes to the governor's desk.