Legal Matters By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO Q: Can a person ordered removed in absentia have his case reopened? A: The law allows two main situations where individuals who were ordered removed or deported in absentia can reopen their cases: (1) they did not receive notice of the hearing, and (2) they did not appear at their hearing because of exceptional circumstances. Q: Where must the Motion to Reopen be filed? A: The motion should be filed with the immigration...

Legal Matters By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO If you were petitioned by your spouse and you received a decision from USCIS stating a finding of marriage fraud you should immediately consult an experienced immigration attorney. The Immigration and Nationality Act Sec. 204 (c) prohibits the approval of a subsequent petition if the alien committed marriage fraud in a prior petition. It also prohibits the approval of the first petition if the Attorney General determined that th...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO To succeed in life, students and young adults need to follow their passion and love for work. Many fail because they do not track down what their interests are. They fail because they do not pursue their passion. They fail because they don’t love their work. In 2016, Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent, Metropolitan Education School District (MetroEd) in San Jose, spoke before 435 graduates during the 2016 National Job Corps Commencement exerc...

Telltale Signs By RODEL RODIS Filipinos in the U.S. who crave “political empowerment” may not know exactly what it means and how it affects them. In 1994, two years after I was elected by the city’s voters to the San Francisco Community College Board (the first Filipino elected to public office in San Francisco), I was confronted with an issue that illustrates exactly how it works. The Community College Board governs the City College of San Francisco which provides up ...

Telltale Signs By RODEL RODIS Barely a week after he received the most votes in the May 9 presidential elections, “presumptive president-elect” Rodrigo Duterte accused Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV of committing treason in 2012 when he engaged in backchannel talks in Beijing with Chinese officials over the West Philippine Sea. “Trillanes went (to China) there 16 times,” Duterte told the press. “After the 16th visit, we have lost the Scarborough Shoal,” he added. “To me, it...

Telltale Signs By: RODEL RODIS It began with a radio interview on Manila radio station DZRH on September 19, 2016 when Pres. Duterte’s Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announced the breaking news that Filipino Americans in New York were planning a coup against Pres. Duterte in January of 2017. “I was just talking to somebody in New York now who is also a member of the Cabinet – I won’t mention his name. But he also heard of the Fil-Ams in New York who are plan...

Telltale Signs By RODEL RODIS Miriam Webster defines “rescission” as the abrogation of a contract and the restoration of the parties to the position they would have occupied if there had been no contract. Seventy years ago this week, on February 18, 1946, the US Congress passed the two Rescission Acts of 1946. The first one, Public Law 79-301, authorized a $200 million appropriation to the Commonwealth Army of the Philippines, with the provision that “service in the Co...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Parents, students, and other stakeholders kept on asking me what common core is all about. They said, they have been hearing it but they really don’t know what it is all about. In fact, even some educators I know are also not clear about what common core is. So, I decided to delve on this subject in my column this week for information purposes. Frequently known as just Common Core, the Common Core State Standards are a set of K-12 edu...

Legal Matters By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO The Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum on July 29, 2016, expanding eligibility for a provisional waiver of the 3 and 10 year bar for unlawful presence which takes effect on August 29, 2016. Q. What has been expanded? A. The provisional waiver of unlawful presence was expanded to cover all individuals who are eligible to apply for green card in the employment and family based preferences. Originally, only...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Philippine Independence Day in the United States is a huge event for many Filipino-Americans to rekindle their origin and heritage and to create awareness of the Philippine culture as part of their goal: knowing your roots! The annual June 12 observance of Philippine’s Independence Day marks the nation’s independence from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. This came into effect after then President Diosdado Macapagal signed Republic Ac...