Daniel Sharp, legal director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), first noticed Cabrera’s operation around this time. He had seen Cabrera’s ads in the local Spanish papers, and even though Cabrera never used the word “notario,” the ads struck Sharp as no different from those of other people who illegally peddled immigration services.
Sharp realized that Cabrera was up to something different when he got a call from a family who, thinking they had the address for CARECEN, had instead gone to see Cabrera. Sharp googled the name of his own group and saw, at the top of the search results, a paid advertisement for the Coalición Latinoamericana Internacional. He tried a few different searches, and found that the same ad came up under queries for NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
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