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Scarcity Of Immigration Services In Tulare County Means Some People Get The Wrong Type Of Help

Monica Velez
Valley Public Radio
Immigration attorney Oscar Garcia, with The Yarra Law Group, in his Visalia office.

Immigration lawyers in the San Joaquin Valley say they’re overwhelmed with their caseloads and it’s particularly pointed in Tulare County where the demand for services is growing. Although it’s hard to calculate the exact number of people looking for immigration attorneys, many people in the field say it’s significantly high.

There are currently three practicing immigration attorneys in the county and some organizations that offer citizenship classes, guidance, and resources to people seeking immigration help. Lawyers say people end up having to travel to other Valley counties, San Francisco or Los Angeles. But when immigrants can’t make that drive they often go to notarios for help, and that can be risky.


Listen to the above interview with FM89 reporter Monica Velez to find out what people are doing to try and meet the need.

Monica Velez was a reporter at Valley Public Radio. She started out as a print reporter covering health issues in Merced County at the Merced Sun-Star.