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 IMMIGRAtION UpDAtE                      How to successfully bring
                                        your adopted child in the US
                                        by the court or recognized gov-         dures in the Philippines before
                                        ernmental entity. Informal docu-        you start the adoption process.
                                        ments, such as sworn affidavits,           Atty. eugene M. Palacios is                                 Searching for a kababata from your hometown, a college buddy or a Pinoy colleague? Your search is finally over.
                                        are insufficient.                       licensed as an attorney in Cali-                          The Asian Journal brings you Re:Union, Filipino American Associations in America -- your link to a network of kababay-
                                           The rules are different when         fornia and in the Philippines. If                         an associations here in the United States. As your Filipino-American community newspaper, the Asian Journal recognizes
                                        it comes to orphans. The 2-year         you want to know more how he
  Atty. EugEnE PAlAcios                 actual custody and 2-year legal         could help you in your adoption
                                                                                                                                          your need to nourish and maintain ties with the people and the culture you were born with. This is our way of connecting
                                                                                                                                          our kababayans to the past, of creating new opportunities for the present and of inspiring you to pay it forward by becom-
                                        custody requirements do not ap-         case, please call us to schedule                          ing active members of your association and the FilAm community at large in the future.


                                                                                                                                                    Kamay at Puso (Hand and Heart)
   A US citizen or lawful perma-        ply to orphans.                         your consultation at (626) 331-
nent resident may file a family-           A petition for an orphan must        8188 or (818) 956-8844 or visit
based immigrant petition in be-         establish that the child was ad-        us at www.palacioslawfirm.com.
half of his/her adopted child.          opted abroad before the child                          ***
   A child, however, is only con-
sidered legally adopted under
                                        reached the age of 16 and the
                                        adoption process complied
                                                                                Attorney Eugene M. Palacios is the founder
                                                                                and principal of the Law Offices of Eugene M.
                                                                                                                                                                 Contact: www.kamayatpuso.org
US Immigration and National-            with the rules under the Hague          Palacios. He has great depth of experience
                                                                                                                                            Vision                                never received regular medical              help themselves
ity Law if the child was adopted        Convention if both countries            and a successful track record in handling
                                                                                employment and family-based petitions as                    Kamay at Puso strives to cre-         attention.                                     We will accomplish this by
before the child reached the age        are state parties to the Conven-
                                                                                well as PERM and naturalization applications.            ate a world in which children               It is Kamay at Puso’s goal               providing social services, medi-
of 16 and the US citizen or law-        tion. Further, the petition must
                                                                                He is licensed as an attorney in California              and families are healthy and             to support and empower the                  cal assistance, education, and
ful permanent resident adoptive         prove that the child is indeed
                                                                                and is admitted to practice before US                    self-sustaining.                         Madapdap community by pro-                  grassroots leadership devel-
parent has fully complied with          an orphan by reason of death
                                                                                Immigration Courts, the US Central District                 History                               viding medical assistance and               opment to communities in the
the 2-year actual custody and           or disappearance, abandonment           Court, and California State Courts. He is                   When      Mount      Pinatubo         financial support for their com-            Philippines who have been neg-
2-year legal custody require-           and/or desertion, separation, or        also an active member of the American                    erupted in 1991, it left the sur-        munity in the Philippines, while            atively affected by their social
ments.                                  loss of both parents. Lastly, the       Immigration Lawyers’ Association. His offices            rounding towns uninhabitable             educating people about their                and physical environments. We
   The 2-year actual custody and        petition must establish that the        are located at 100 North Brand Boulevard,                and covered in lahar (ash). As           struggle throughout the United              also strive to connect communi-
2-year legal custody require-           adoption of the orphan child has        Suite 600 , Glendale , California 91203 and              a solution, the Philippines gov-         States and beyond.                          ties here in the United States to
ments can be fulfilled simultane-       been made by husband and wife           at 800 South Barranca Avenue, Suite 250 ,                ernment relocated the town’s                Collaboration                            the children and families in the
ously. The 2-year actual custody        or by a single parent at least 25       Covina , California 91723 .
                                                                                                       ***                               communities to a former United              In addition to these central             Philippines through advocacy,
requirement means the child             years old.
                                                                                    The above article does not, and is not intended      States military base. They were          functions, Kamay at Puso is also            awareness-building, and fund-
must have actually resided with            Adopting a child in the Philip-
                                                                                to, constitute legal advice for a specific immigration   placed in CABCOM, a former               playing a supporting role with              raising programs.
the adoptive parent for at least 2      pines is a complicated process.
                                                                                problem and does not create an attorney-client           motor pool and site of toxic             the development of a social en-                A New Beginning
years. The 2-year legal custody is      It is important that you consult        relationship between our office and the reader. It       waste dumping. As a result of            treprenuership program for the                 Our initial physical therapy
counted from date of final adop-        and/or hire an immigration at-          is for informational purposes only and reflects our      this dumping, the water supply           children’s parents. Through the             project proved successful, with
tion decree or official document        torney who is also familiar with        law firm’s opinions and views on general issues.         system of CABCOM was con-                gracious leadership of Susan                the physical condition of the chil-
in the form of a custody award          the adoption rules and proce-                                      (Advertising Supplement)      taminated with deadly toxins.            Quimpo, George Chiu and Gaiya               dren progressively improving.
                                                                                                                                         These toxins were an everyday            Beyer, this “livelihood project”            In an effort to make the therapy
  BARRIStER’S CORNER
                                             K-1 visa: Fiance(e) visa                                                                    reality for the people of CAB-
                                                                                                                                         COM, who had no choice but to
                                                                                                                                         consume it with their drinking
                                                                                                                                                                                  has been instrumental in edu-
                                                                                                                                                                                  cating the Madapdap mothers
                                                                                                                                                                                  in creating originally cultivated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              more accessible, KAP opened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the Madapdap Therapy Center.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Growth

                                             to marry US citizen                                                                         water. These toxins went on to
                                                                                                                                         cause serious birth defects, still-
                                                                                                                                         births, leukemia, skin diseases,
                                                                                                                                                                                  products from the Philippines.
                                                                                                                                                                                  examples include beautiful piec-
                                                                                                                                                                                  es of jewelry that can be distrib-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 We have transformed an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              empty home into a space where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              physical therapists can provide
                                        another, the US citizen cannot          obtain a K-1 visa.                                       and mental disabilities. In re-          uted in the marketplace, creating           their services locally for the resi-
                                        travel to that country to marry            First, the United States citi-                        sponse, the Philippine govern-           revenues that will help the center          dents of Madapdap and neigh-
                                        him/her. A solution in such a           zen (the petitioner) must file                           ment has moved this commu-               be self-sustaining.                         boring communities. The center
                                        scenario can be found with the          Petition for Alien Fiance(e)                             nity out of CABCOM and into a               The members of Kamay at                  has been fully functioning since
Atty. KEnnEth uRsuA REyEs               K-1 Fiance(e) Visa.                     (Form I-129F) along with sup-                            local town of Madapdap.                  Puso have created this site to              November 2005, with a 100%
                                           A K-1 visa allows a foreign          porting documents with the US-                              Despite the move, the people          help spread awareness and to                growth in attendance over the
   IN previous editions of this         national to come to the United          CIS. Through the filed petition                          of Madapdap, especially the              keep Friends of Kamay at Puso               past year.
article, the process of obtaining       States to marry a United States                                                                  children, continue to suffer.            updated for upcoming events. If                Success stories include chil-
                                                                                and documents, the petitioner
permanent residence through             citizen. The K-1 visa is valid for                                                               While neither the US nor the             you are interested in supporting            dren who are now walking for
                                                                                must demonstrate three things.
marriage was explored. Dis-             ninety (90) days after entry to                                                                  Philippine governments are               a good cause we would love to               the first time in their lives, as
                                                                                To begin, it must be shown that
cussion of that procedure began                                                                                                          willing to take responsibility           add you as a Friend of Kamay at             well as reinvigorated hope for
                                        the United States, during which         the foreign national has a bona
with the supposition that the                                                                                                            for the effects of these toxins,         Puso.                                       others.
                                        time the marriage must take             fide intent to marry within nine-
couple was married, and con-                                                                                                             they continue to spread into the            Accomplishments                             Partnerships
                                        place. Once the foreign na-             ty (90) days after arrival. This is
tinued with the various steps                                                                                                            water systems of neighboring                After three years of work, Ka-              In addition to Kamay at Puso’s
                                        tional is issued a K-1 visa, any        often accomplished by produc-                            towns, including Madapdap.               may at Puso has received pub-               activities, donations and grants
to ultimately gain permanent            of his/her unmarried children           ing evidence that a marriage is                             First Things First                    lic recognition. In August 2006,            from community leaders and
residence. In many cases, how-          under the age of 21 may be is-          going to take place – i.e. wed-                             In the Summer of 2003, 34             Kamay at Puso received a Cer-               friends of Tagalog On Site have
ever, a problem exists in even          sued K-1 visas. Upon arrival in         ding announcements, catering                             Filipino-American participants           tificate of Appreciation from the           brought new life to the center.
getting to the point at which a         the United States, the foreign          contracts, etc. In addition, it                          of Tagalog on Site started a fund        City of Los Angeles, and Los                Such generosity has resulted in
couple is married. Often, a for-        national may immediately ap-            must be shown that both par-                             to provide physical therapy for          Angeles City Council President,             groundbreaking surgeries, med-
eign national is in his/her home        ply for permission to work. A           ties are unmarried and of legal                          the children of Madapdap in the          eric Garcetti. KAP was also rec-            ical equipment, and nutritional/
country and, for one reason or          two-step process is involved to                                                                  Philippines. As toxic waste vic-         ognized for the 2006 Gerald L.              dental education for the chil-
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                                                                                                                                         tims, these children suffer from         Phillippe Award, General elec-              dren and parents of Madapdap.
                                                                                                                                         conditions including congenital          tric Company’s most prestigious             This synergy between Kamay
        MINDING
      YOUR FINANCES                         Why wait until your                                                                          heart disease, leukemia and ce-
                                                                                                                                         rebral palsy.
                                                                                                                                            Prior to the physical therapy
                                                                                                                                                                                  public service award given every
                                                                                                                                                                                  two years.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Kamay at Puso strives to help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              at Puso and the community has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              resulted in improvements that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weren’t thought possible several
                                          debt problems become a                                                                         sessions these children have             communities in the Philippines              years ago. n


                                           financial emergency?
                                         their face and the most dreaded        the $120,000 note last year but this
                                         moment comes. They either get          couple simply ignored the lawsuit.
   Atty. RAymond BulAon                  a lawsuit, a judgment or a wage        At the time they were sued, the
                                         garnishment and that is when they      wife was unemployed and only the
   ARe you struggling with unpaid        start to panic. By this time, their    husband was working. Based on
bills, lawsuits or perhaps an immi-     debt problems have gotten much          their financial situation at the time,
nent judgment or wage garnish-          worse than when they first started.     they could have easily qualified to
ment by a creditor? Are you afraid      Procrastination and poor planning       file for bankruptcy to wipe out the
of what creditors may do to you,        do not help when you are facing         debt. But now, both are working
your property or your assets? Most      debt problems. Why wait until           and make more than enough in-
people have no clue so sometimes,       your problems become a financial        come to be disqualified from get-
the tendency is to ignore their debt    emergency?                              ting bankruptcy relief. By not do-
problems and pretend that they             I often meet people who have         ing anything about their situation,
don’t exist. The truth, however, is     had debt problems and the worst         they have made things worse. If
that ignoring your debt problems        credit for many years. They tell        they had acted sooner, they could
can be the worst mistake you’ll ever    me that they don’t even know            have easily availed of the benefits
make.                                   how much they owe anymore but           provided by law- but they waited
   People with debt problems often      somehow, they’ve been able to           until it was too late.
act like they can run away from their   hide from their creditors and that         If you are currently facing debt
own shadow. Their shadow follows        “they will just deal with the prob-     problems, do yourself a favor and
them wherever they go and what-         lem when the time comes.” If you        find out what your options are. If
ever they do. They could change         look at these people’s credit report,   you don’t act now, you may actu-
jobs, start another business, move      they have a lot of negatives, col-      ally making your situation worse
to a new neighborhood or a dif-         lections, lawsuits, judgments, etc.     and not even know it. Call Toll-
ferent state but they just can’t get    Thus, they stand no chance in re-       Free 1-866-477-7772 to schedule a
away from their “shadow” no mat-        building credit until they do some-     free office consultation. We have
ter how hard they try.                  thing about their situation.            offices in Glendale, Cerritos and
   The undeniable truth is that you        Last week, a couple came to me       West Covina.
simply cannot run away from your        because they were sued by a past           ***
                                        creditor. This couple, unfortunate-        None of the information herein is intended
debt problems. You can fool your-
                                                                                to give legal advice for any specific situation.
self into believing that your debt      ly, had a property in Las Vegas that
                                                                                Atty. Ray Bulaon has successfully helped over
problems will simply take care of       went into foreclosure two years ago     4,000 clients in getting out of debt. For a free
themselves and that somehow,            and there was a second mortgage         attorney evaluation of your situation, please
they will magically disappear. This     on the property for $120,000 that       call Ray Bulaon Law Offices at TOLL FREE
is foolish and unrealistic. One day,    didn’t get paid. This second mort-      1-866-477-7772.
their debt problems blow up in          gage holder sued for payment on                                   (Advertising Supplement)




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                                                                                law imposes such strict penal-
                                                                                ties for deportation, including
                                                                                a ten-year bar to readmission
t PAGE B2                                                                       to the US, the Respondent must
                                                                                understand all of his options
of adjustment of status and the         then the strategy must evolve           before making an intelligent
removal proceedings is to fight.        to investigate other avenues for        decision as to which course of
Respondents whose applica-              relief. Perhaps the Respondent          action to take.
tions have been denied must             is eligible for cancellation of re-                        ***
fight for the correct interpreta-       moval or adjustment of status           Daniel P. Hanlon is a California State Bar
tion of the law in the Immigra-         on an alternate basis.                  Certified Specialist in Immigration and
tion Courts and perhaps even in            In any case, the Attorney            Nationality Law and a principal of Hanlon
the US District Courts, to pur-         must lay out the options to the         Law Group, PC, located at 225 S. Lake
                                                                                Ave., 11th Floor in Pasadena, California;
sue their application for relief.       Respondent, explaining the re-
                                                                                tel. No. (626) 585-8005. Hanlon Law
If the sponsoring employer is           quirements and consequences             Group, PC is a “full-service Immigration
not interested or capable of pur-       for each, as well as for the            Law firm.” E-mail: visas@hanlonlawgroup.
suing a new I-140 Petition, per-        worst possible outcome, depor-          com and www.hanlonlawgroup.com
haps due to economic reasons;           tation from the US. Since the                                   (Advertising Supplement)



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                                                                                to do like a hand in glove.
                                                                                   Above all, simplify.
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