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WASHINGTON—The U.S. government will unveil a national initiative to combat immigration services scams on June 9 at 1 p.m. The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are leading this historic effort.

DHS’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the lead agency responsible for administering the U.S. legal immigration system, will announce the initiative while hosting events in seven cities around the country as well as the national launch in Washington, D.C.

The unauthorized practice of immigration law is an exploitative practice that endangers the integrity of our immigration system and victimizes members of the immigrant community. Understanding the gravity of this deceptive practice, federal, state and local partners have come together to combat immigration services scams on all fronts. The initiative is set upon three pillars: enforcement, education, and continued collaboration. Each agency plays a critical role to ensure the success of this national effort.

This initiative exemplifies how government and community can work together to effectively address a serious problem.

WHO: Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, USCIS, DHS
John Morton, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS
Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, DOJ
Edith Ramirez, Commissioner, FTC
Juan Osuna, Director, Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ
WHEN: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 1 p.m. EDT
WHERE: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Tomich Center
111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Luz Figuereo Irazabal
USCIS Media Relations
NOTES: For planning purposes, media attending are requested to RSVP to by close of business June 8, 2011.