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Immigration situation could lead to civil litigation

An ongoing investigation in another state involves serious allegations against a company that has been offering bond assistance services to detained immigrants. Many believe the company has been preying upon unsuspecting victims by committing allegedly deceptive, unfair and abusive practices. New Jersey immigrants who believe their rights have been violated may pursue justice through the civil litigation process, just as some of those involved in this particular situation may wind up doing.

The company in question is called Libre by Nexus. The CEO says the company in no way exploits or preys upon immigrants; rather, it helps them by rescuing them from unsafe detention environments. The company offers help to post bond that secures immigrants' releases, then reportedly has detainees sign contracts in exchange for their freedom. The contracts require them to wear ankle monitors while awaiting their hearings in court, and they must also pay Libre by Nexus $400 per month in the meantime.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by the U.S. Congress in 2007 following the nation's mortgage lending crisis, apparently received word that Libre by Nexus was perhaps offering credit or providing credit services to paying customers without proper permission to do so. Libre by Nexus says it intends to fight against what it believes is false allegations. The company's CEO also emphatically stated that CFPB has no governing authority over its practices.

Libre by Nexus has approximately 15,000 past and present immigrant clients. Many of them say they were taken advantage of by the company because they did not understand what it was they were signing when they secured their freedom. Civil litigation is often a means of recovering one's losses when another party has caused mental, physical or economic injury. An experienced New Jersey attorney can provide guidance and support to anyone facing such issues in this state.

Source: The Washington Post, "Company accused of preying on detained immigrants is under investigation", Michael E. Miller, Oct. 20, 2017

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