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Letter of Appeal to Secretary of Homeland Security to Grant Filipinos in the U.S. TPS or “temporary protected status” due to Super Typhoon Haiyan

November 11th, 2013

Today, I wrote a letter of appeal to acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers to designate the Philippines and undocumented or overstays Filipinos in the U.S.  Temporary Protected Status due to the effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan. As a matter of background, it is within the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security to designate a country whose nationals are here in the U.S. (they would be eligible to get work permits and reprieve from deportation for a specific period of time) who are unable to return safely to their homeland because of the effects of natural disasters of extraordinary proportions such as Super Typhoon Haiyan. Below is a copy of that letter:

November 11, 2013

 

 

The Honorable Rand Beers

 

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

 

Washington, D.C. 20528

 

 

Re: Appeal to Designate the Philippine for Temporary Protected Status due to natural disasters of extraordinary condition caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan

 

 

Dear Secretary Beers:

 

 

As you may have seen in the news in the last few days, the central part of the Philippines was devastated by Super Typhoon or Cyclone Haiyan – deemed to be the world’s most powerful storm to hit land at more than 200 miles creating a path of destruction and tremendous loss of life in the islands of Leyte and Samar in the Eastern Visayas region and the islands of Iloilo and Negros in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines (10,000 estimated deaths according to  today’s New York Times article).

 

 

The New York Times article also cited a United Nations disaster assessment team that visited the area on Saturday and quoted Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, the head of the team in his statement: “The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami,” referring to the 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Indonesia and other countries. “This is destruction on a massive scale.”

 

Super Typhoon Haiyan further devastated the already fragile central part of the Philippines not even a month after the island of Bohol was struck with a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 on October 14 destroying one of the country’s old churches at the town of Baclayon on Bohol island and causing the deaths of 144 Filipinos.

 

 

I am appealing to your office (though I am not sure if one letter writer can be of any influence and as a matter of full disclosure, I am an immigration lawyer in Woodside, Queens, NY – dubbed as the Filipino-town of New York) to look into the effects of this natural disaster of extraordinary proportions which prevents Filipinos from returning safely to their homeland.

 

With the hope that this appeal would merit your kind consideration, I remain

 

 

Very truly yours,

Sid Garbanzos, Esq.

 Attorney SID GARBANZOS is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C. Practice areas include: Commercial Litigation, Landlord-Tenant, RN & Medical Profession License Defense and Immigration. Please note that this article is written for a gratuitous purpose only and no attorney-client relationship is created in this publication. This article is not, nor intended to be legal advice. The reader should consult with a reputable lawyer based on his or her individual circumstances. Please call Garbanzos Law Firm at (718)725-7324 if you have any questions about this article.

 

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IMMIGRATION REFORM TO BE ON TOP PRIORITY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA BEFORE DECEMBER 2013: WHAT SHOULD IMMIGRANTS PREPARE TO DO?

October 19th, 2013

President Obama is not alone in making immigration reform a top priority. Across the country, local and regional conservative leaders continue to showcase their considerable support for members of Congress who back commonsense and bipartisan reform. (Source: National Immigration Forum)

As the fiscal crisis subsided and the government went back to work this week, President Barack Obama and other leading Democrats were quick to say that an immigration overhaul should be back on the agenda in Congress. (Source: New York Times)

Many Democrats and some Republicans are arguing that passing a broad immigration bill could be a way for Republicans to come back from the bruising they took in the polls during the shutdown. “When the Republican polling numbers are at 20 percent, there’s a pretty strong argument to do something to get those poll numbers up, and immigration is a good way to do that,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York.

The effort to repair the immigration system has attracted support across the political spectrum, including from traditional Republican allies like business, agriculture and evangelical Christians. The Senate passed a sweeping bill in June 2013 on a bipartisan vote. But lawmakers on both sides agreed that the window for action on immigration is narrow, most likely limited to the remaining months of this year, before the next fiscal deadlines on January of 2014, or maybe to early next spring in 2014.

WHAT SHOULD IMMIGRANTS PREPARE TO DO? Below are few pointers provided by the experts from the National Immigration Forum and the ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center)Network:

1. HAVE A RELATIVE OR EMPLOYER FILE A PETITION IF YOU QUALIFY BECAUSE CONGRESS WILL ALLOCATE VISAS TO THOSE ALREADY IN LINE. QUALIFYING RELATIVES INCLUDE BROTHER OR SISTER, MOTHER OR FATHER AND SON OR DAUGHTER.
2. KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR PRESENCE IN THE U.S. such as  Checking or Savings Account, Money Remittances (Western Union), Money Order Receipts, Cell Phone or Cable Bills, Credit Card Bills, Utility Bills such as Electric or Gas, Medical Records (doctor’s/hospital bills/children immunization records), Lease, School Records (Transcript of Records), Your Children’s School Records (Report Cards), State Issued driver license or  State ID even if expired or Passports issued by your Country’s Embassy or Consulate in the United States
3. DO NOT LOSE YOUR I-94 ARRIVAL DOCUMENTS
4. GET A PASSPORT FROM YOUR CONSULATE OR EMBASSY AND OBTAIN A CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES (If Married)
5. AVOID USING PHONY NAMES ON OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS
6. LEARN ENGLISH. Attend English as Second Language (ESL) Class.
7. PAY TAXES. YOU CAN OBTAIN AN INCOME TAX IDENTIFICATION ITIN) NUMBER IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.
8. IF YOU WERE ARRESTED, GET AN ARREST DISPOSITION FROM THE CLERK’S OFFICE OF THE COUNTY WHERE YOU WERE ARRESTED
9. BEWARE OF IMMIGRATION SCAMS
10. SAVE FOR FEES AND PENALTIES (Fees and Penalties could be up to $5,000 or more)

Attorney SID GARBANZOS is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C. Practice areas include: Commercial Litigation, Landlord-Tenant, RN & Medical Profession License Defense and Immigration. Please note that this article is written for a gratuitous purpose only and no attorney-client relationship is created in this publication. This article is not, nor intended to be legal advice. The reader should consult with a reputable lawyer based on his or her individual circumstances. Please call Garbanzos Law Firm at (718)725-7324 if you have any questions about this article.

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NEW YORK RECOGNIZES AND ENFORCES FOREIGN JUDGMENTS THAT ARE FINAL AND UNDISPUTED

September 30th, 2013

CIVIL PROCEDURE. SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN LIEU OF COMPLAINT. FOREIGN DECREE. ENFORCEMENT. LEGAL INTERPRETATION. Plaintiff moved for summary judgment in lieu of a complaint [under NY Civil Practice Laws and Rules or CPLR 3213] to enforce a “ruling” issued by a Spanish court. In support, plaintiff submitted the affidavit of a legal expert who opined that the “ruling” constituted an enforceable judgment under Spanish law, which was countered by the defendant’s legal expert. Order granting plaintiff’s motion is reversed, and motion denied. New York will recognize and enforce foreign decrees that are “final, conclusive and enforceable where rendered” [CPLR 5302]. Here, given the dispute between the parties’ legal experts, the Supreme Court improperly determined as a matter of law that the Spanish ruling constituted an ”enforceable judgment” under Spanish law. Sea Trade v. Coutsodontis – See more at: http://www.nysba.org/
Attorney SID GARBANZOS is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C. Practice areas include: Civil Litigation, Landlord-Tenant, RN & Medical Profession License Defense and Immigration. Please note that this article is written for a gratuitous purpose only and no attorney-client relationship is created in this publication. This article is not, nor intended to be legal advice. The reader should consult with a reputable lawyer based on his or her individual circumstances. Please call Garbanzos Law Firm at (718)725-7324 if you have any questions about this article.

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