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What to Do When Amnesty in 2008?
HIGHLIGHTS You Receive a LEGAL
the immigration bill may be
revived after this year’s elec-
policy favoring the reunifica-
tion of families and failed to
Notice to Appear
tions. In an interview with protect workers’ most basic
AILA (American Immigration rights. This year the issues
Lawyer’s Association) im- may be similar: Should US
By Atty. Crispin Lozano By Atty. Johnson Lazaro migration judge and former immigration policy turn into
from these options there are call our office for questions high ranking government of- a labor supply system for
Question: What is a no- other remedies available that about renewing green cards. LET’S resolve to forget ficial Bruce J. Einhorn stated, corporations, or should it
tice to Appear (ntA)? your attorney should discuss Tips of the Week about last year’s immigra- “A comprehensive bill that support families and commu-
Answer: An NTA is a charg- with you. If you have no im- Waiver for misrepresenta- tion disappointments. When emphasizes the legalization nities? But the bottom line is
ing document stating that the mediate relief at this time, it tion at the time of entry (en- Congress failed to pass a of undocumented, non-crimi- something must be done.
alien must appear before an is still preferable to attend tered as single but is actually comprehensive immigration nal aliens already present in There is guarded optimism
immigration court to answer the immigration hearing and married) may be waived if you reform bill, the hopes of mil- the US and an increase in the in the air as we enter 2008.
allegations of removability apply for voluntary departure have a parent, spouse, son or lions came crashing down. number of visas available for The millions of families,
or deportability. It has the so that in the future when daughter who is a US citizen Suffice it to say that the both nonimmigrant workers workers, students, and par-
same effect of a warrant of you have a chance, you can or lawful permanent resident. government failed in solving and applicants for permanent ents who have been waiting
arrest wherein the alien is immigrate without a record Once approved you may be one of our country’s most residence, would be the best for years for the government
required to appear in court. of being deported. eligible for naturalization. troubling issues – immigra- means of reforming our sys- to legalize their status are
If the alien failed to appear in Question: What will hap- You should apply now before tion. However 2008 ushers a tem for the years to come.” again hopeful. It’s not too
court, he will be deported in pen if the alien disregards your personal situation or the fresh perspective and lessons We called the offices of early to again prepare for
his absence. Once deported the ntA and went under- law is changed. learned from the past can Congressmen Tom Lantos of what can be the next immi-
in absentia, he or she could ground? Condition on permanent help in creating a solution. San Mateo and Pete Stark of gration amnesty. Let’s keep
not immigrate or adjust sta- Answer: The alien will be resident can be removed If you can recall, last year, Fremont for comments about our fingers crossed.
tus unless his or her case is deported in absentia and the even if the alien is separated despite that relentless ef- the immigration bill; however ***
reopened on appeal. NTA will become an arrest from the petitioner. Waiver is fort of thousands of im- the aides would only say Atty. Lazaro represents immigrants
Question: Why do aliens re- warrant. Because of modern available if the alien spouse is migrant groups and activ- that they are optimistic that in Immigration Courts throughout
technology, USICE will easily divorced from the petitioner ists; we witnessed the slow something would be finalized the United States and US Embassy in
ceived a notice to Appear?
find the alien to deport him or battered. and agonizing death of a this year. For those who have Manila. The firm’s offices are located in
Answer: An NTA is issued
comprehensive immigration been waiting for years, this is San Francisco, Makati City (Philippines),
because the USCIS or the or her. There is a waiver for crime
reform bill on the floor of certainly welcomed news. and Fremont, Union City California.
USICE found the alien de- Question: What is the ad- of domestic violence.
Congress. Despite criticism If democrats win this elec- Telephone (415) 278-9577. E-mail:
portable by having no valid vantage of appearing in re- Denied F-2A opt out re-
that the bill did not go far tion, the bill may be kinder Law@LazaroLaw.com Website: www.
immigration status, commit- moval proceedings? quests are now approvable.
enough, it would’ve given and gentler than past pro- lazarolaw.com.
ted fraud, denied or did not Answer: The number one Denied adjustment of sta-
some respite to the 12 million posals. If one can recall, ***
appear in the interview for advantage is that it will pro- tus and naturalization appli-
undocumented residents in the Republican immigration This article should not be taken as
adjustment of status or natu- long your stay in the US. cations are now being sent to
this country. bill called for more enforce- legal advice for any individual case or
ralization, or has committed Even if the alien has limited the Immigration Court.
But the shifting political ment and raids and greater situation. The information is intended
a felony. relief, if all appeals have been Income tax filing is re-
winds may bring some need- militarization of the border to be general and should not be relied
Question: What should i do exhausted, the removal of this quired in the proposed legal-
ed solution this year. Immi- and erosion of some basic upon for any specific situation. This is
if i received an ntA? alien will take at least three ization. Individual Tax Iden- gration experts including law due-process rights. Crit- not meant to create a lawyer-client
Answer: The first thing to years. During this period the tification Number (ITIN) can professors and veteran im- ics pointed out that the bill relationship.
do is to consult with an expe- alien can save some money to be used for filing tax returns migration lawyers agree that abandoned long-standing US (Advertising Supplement)
rienced immigration attorney bring home. and is required before bank
who will discuss with you the Hot News of the Week accounts can be opened. It
options and the whole strat-
egy from the beginning to end
We have successfully ob-
tained a waiver of fraud or
is also needed by employers
to charge to expense payment
BIR Turns to PLDT, Meralco to Hunt Down Tax Evaders
of the removal proceedings. misrepresentation in Im- for contractual job. Our office MANILA — The Bureau expected to be a big help to taxes paid,” the BIR said.
You may qualify for any of migration Court last week assists clients in obtaining of Internal Revenue said it the BIR’s anti-tax evasion Internal Revenue Commis-
the following options: (1) for a green card holder who ITIN. would ask the help of Manila program because of their sioner Lilian Hefti said the
filing for asylum, (2) cancel- entered as single but is actu- *** Electric Co. (Meralco) and extensive client database. BIR had also adopted the pro-
lation of removal, (3) waiver ally married. The green card Crispin Caday Lozano is an active Philippine Long Distance Co. The BIR has been using gram called “Tax Reconcilia-
of inadmissibility or (4) ad- holder is married to a US member of the State Bar of California (PLDT) in catching tax evad- information provided by third tion System-Letter Notices”
justment of status. If these citizen and has a US citizen and he specializes in immigration law. ers among their customers. parties, such as other govern- (TRS-LNs), which is a com-
options are not available, they child. His offices are located at 1290 B Street, The BIR said in a statement ment agencies, to detect tax puterized matching system to
may be available at a future Green cards without expi- Suite 205, Hayward, California 94541 that the move was in line with delinquency. detect tax deficiencies.
date. Your attorney should ration date should be renewed and at 777 N. First St., Suite 333, San its anti-tax evasion program, “The BIR reiterates its Under the system, the
be able to discuss with you within 120 days period. They Jose, CA 95112. You can contact him at which was being intensified warning to recalcitrant tax- BIR compares the income
the strategy to allow you to have the alternative of apply- telephone number (510) 538-7188. to shore up tax collection. payers that it could now eas- declared by a corporate tax-
stay longer in the US. Aside ing for naturalization. Please (Advertising Supplement) Meralco and PLDT are ily detect discrepancies on Continued on PAGE 25
‘Banig’ Gets to be More Than a Mat to Sleep On
BASEY, SAMAR — The as tikog (Fimbristylis utilis), of the Far Eastern University.
traditional art of mat weaving which belongs to the fam- She handled the finance and
continues to flourish in this ily Cuperaceae and has solid, marketing aspects of their
old town whose name has be- jointless and usually triangular business.
come synonymous with woven stems. Lilio had taken up architec-
sleeping mat, or “banig.” Lilio reveals that they have ture in one of the colleges in
And the practice of this 34 barangay coordinators who Cebu City but failed to finish
ancient art, which has been are ready to help them procure the course. The love of art,
handed down from one gen- woven mats in the town’s more however, is in his veins and he
eration to the next, recently than 50 villages whenever is the one making the different
took a new turn as demand for there is a big order for the designs for the embroidered
the product increases. tikog mat from exporters and mats as well as for the furni-
This is because use of the other buyers. ture and other functional items
banig has expanded. Where A tradition lives on that use banig.
once the age-old mat was Mat weaving is an old cot- The couple is blessed with a
used solely for sleeping, it now tage industry of Basey, with son and two daughters. They
adorns modern walls or ceiling many of its villages engaged are residing in their two-story
panels. It has been turned into in the craft. In Barangay Ba- house in the poblacion or town
bags, throw pillows, framed cubac, some three kilome- plaza of Basey.
decors, as well as place mats ters northwest of the town Entering the place, one
and furniture matting. proper, old women spend can already see the different
“Our biggest break was the day weaving banig inside furniture and banig items that
when the banig was used as their nipa huts, while their adorn the receiving room. In
upholstery material for furni- husbands prepare the tikog a room in another part of the
ture,” says Lilio Adona, the materials they will use. ground floor, one could see a
57-year-old owner of Basey Elsewhere in Basey, many group of women busy weaving
Handicraft and a recipient of women are busy weaving mats tikog mats or sewing banig
this year’s Ramon Magsaysay that they would later sell in bags.
Outstanding Workers Award. town to augment the income of The couple’s showroom is
Lilio is into furniture and their spouses. Others sell their located on the second floor,
handicraft business. His cita- mats to entrepreneurs who where one can see several
tion reads in part: “His product would bring the product to be woven items—sleeping mats,
became famous when he in- sold in Tacloban City, which is floor mats, place mats, prayer
troduced the use of the banig, about 30 kilometers away. mats, throw pillows, embossed
a locally made handcrafted The usual designs of the wall decors, slippers and bags
mat, as alternative material for banig of Basey are yano of different sizes and colors.
furniture.” (plain), sinamay (checkered) There are also other banig-
But Lilio reveals that they and bordado or pinahutan based products like lamp-
have looked at other uses of (embroidered). The sizes also shades, wine holders, pen-
the woven mat as early as 20 vary. holders, banig-covered chests
years ago. In fact, he said, they Love of art in his veins and collapsible trays.
started using banig in mak- The Adona couple reveal Eva reveals that some of
ing welcome arches, banners that they started their banig these items end up in the
and floats late in the Marcos business sometime in the United States, Italy, Japan
regime. 1980s, about a decade after and other countries, where
Late in the 1990s, they were they got married. their Manila buyer export the
commissioned by the tourism Running the business, it products. She says they have
department to provide embroi- seems, was not a problem for to diversify the use of banig
dered banig as wall covering the couple. The couple admits “because we know there is a
of the Philippine Pavilion in that their maternal parents, market for other uses (of the
Lisbon in 1997, and in Canada grandparents up to their great mat).”
in 1998. great grandparents all know Lilio reveals that, in his de-
Solid, jointless reed how to weave banig. And even signs, he follows the norm that
The people in Basey had when they were young they “form follows function.”
been weaving mats long be- already knew, among others, What started as a small-time
fore the Spaniards came, it where to procure the materi- business with a meager capital
was said. The tradition went als to be used and how long it that they registered with the
on with almost all, if not all, of would take to weave a mat of then National Cottage Industry
the womenfolk here learning a particular size. Administration (Nacida), has
the art of weaving at an early Eva, a daughter of a former now grown into a million-peso
age. The weavers are locally congressman of Samar (during full grown endeavor that is
known as “paraglara.” the time when Samar Island being assisted by the Depart-
The raw material used in was still one province), was ment of Trade and Industry
mat weaving in Basey comes able to make good use of her and other related agencies.
from a reed plant locally known being a Commerce graduate (Inquirer.net)