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Law Ofces of Chua Tinsay & Vega
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By: Dennis E. Chua, Esq.
We hear stories about agents of the US
Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) conducting dawn raids on private
residences and business establishmentslooking for criminal aliens and visaviolators. Many individuals who happento be in that area and are not even thetarget of these raids have been includedin these immigration sweeps. Thesesweeps have resulted in the arrest anddetention of non-citizens of the UnitedStates.Pertinent US laws provide that on awarrant issued by the Attorney General
through ICE, a non-citizen may be taken
into custody and detained pending adecision on whether the non-citizen is to be removed from the United States.
Detention of non-citizens by ICE has
become the country’s fastest growingform of incarceration of individu-als. Once the non-citizen is taken into
custody and detained, ICE will begin
processing the non-citizen for removal.
ICE shall issue a Notice to Appear which
is a document informing the non-citizenof the immigration charges againsthim and that he needs to appear beforean immigration judge for a removalhearing. The person detained may be
released from ICE custody after posting
the requisite bond. However, not all persons detained can be released from
ICE custody. Some individuals will
be subject to mandatory detention andtherefore cannot be released on bond or
recognizance. The local district ofce
where the individual is detained makesthe initial custody and bond determina-
tion. If the local ofce does not make
a bond determination and the persondetained is not released, the non-citizenmay request for a bond determination before the Immigration Court to obtainhis release. The non-citizen may alsorequest for a bond re-determination before the Immigration Court to ease theconditions of the release or to lower the
bond set by the local ofce.
There are two ways for friends andfamily members of the person detainedto post bond. They may either pay thefull amount in the form of a moneyorder or cashier’s check directly to theDepartment of Homeland Security or go through an authorized bond or suretycompany. These companies usuallyrequire a fee of 10% of the bond amountwhich is non refundable and a home with
As an alternative to detention or therelease of an individual on bond, the
non-citizen may be subjected to ICE’s
Intensive Supervision Appearance Pro-
gram or ISAP. Under this program, ICE
monitors participating individuals usingthe following methods: telephone report-ing, radio frequency, global positioning
system (GPS), and unannounced home
Requesting for bond determination is
only but the beginning of the individu-al’s removal process. It is important thatthe individual in proceedings know hisrights and the reliefs that may be avail-
able to him in order to ght his removal.
Atty. Dennis E. Chua is a partner inThe Law Firm of Chua Tinsay and Vega(CTV) - a full service law rm with of- ces in San Francisco, San Diego, Sac-ramento and Manila. The information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be, formal legal advice nor the forma-tion of an attorney-client relationship.Call or e-mail CTV for an in-personor phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how their services may be retained at (415) 495-8088; (619) 955-6277; (916)509-7280 Dchua@ctvattys.com
Please Release Me .. BondDetermination
We came to America to have much better lives and not the opposite. Mostof us managed to live convenientlywith what we have and some createdvery stressful lives and on the verge of
nancial ruins. It’s no use blaming oth-
ers or unforeseen events for your miserywhen you are the source of your major problems. Nobody forced you to makethose very bad decisions in the past.You have to stop living in the fan-tasy world hoping to win big in a lottery
to x all your money problems. It’s not
going to happen, so don’t be a fool. Get back to reality and do a self-assessment.Seek help and advice from profession-als. It may not be as bad as you believed
it to be. You may not nd an instant
solution but, somehow you can start toreclaim a less stressful life.Think about our bodies that becamedeformed as we got older. We couldhave done better in the past to maintainits good shape and healthy conditions.Instead, we ate whatever we wanted andate more than what our bodies needed.
We became lazy to ex our muscles and
to do regular exercises. We became toodependent on our cars and other latestgadgets. Now, we are spending our sav-
ings just to x it and function normally.
Maybe some of us had better livesin the Philippines than here in the USA,so why stay here and be miserable. TheUSA is not for everybody specially theolder folks who could not drive them-selves around. Yes, you may live longer and feel better but, are you happy?There is a price for everything so makea decision.Maybe it was not intentional whenyou made those terrible mistakes. Thetemptations were so great to spendmoney you did not have. You wanted toown things you could barely afford. Youtraveled the world on credit. Now, thecards are maxed out and you still have big loan balances for the cars and thehouse. When you are over 60 years old,then you may run out of time to recoup.You can delay your retirement but, canyour body take it?We became a generation of instant
gratications. We could hardly wait for
later and we want to have it or to do itnow! If you could easily afford it, thenwhy not? If you are barely scraping it,then try to postpone that travel to your hometown or your dream cruise. Saveyour vacation days and money for a debtfree and a more relaxing trip.It is a simple math really, If youspend more than what you make, troubleis coming in your future. Have enoughtax withholding every payday and youwon’t owe more taxes. If you stopped paying mortgage to get your loan modi-
ed, you will have less tax deductions.
Being self-employed and you have less
or no prot from the business for manyyears, then less SS benet to collect.
Don’t contribute to any retirement fundand you’ll retire in a poor house. Blessyour big heart for sending most of your income to the needy relatives but, keep praying that someone will take goodcare of you when you’re old and can’twork no more. No matter how small, set asidesomething regularly for your goldenyears. Time goes by so fast that beforeyou know it, you will be old like me.
Buried in Debt
They have been classmates andfriends since kindergarten. For the past 13 years, they’ve always beenat the top of their class, receivingstraight A’s.“It’s been fun knowing thatwe’ve had someone right there,”Morgan said.
“I’ve had you, you’ve had me basi-cally our whole life.It’s just nice having someone to fall back on,” Nusz said.
Next year will be the rst time
Morgan and Nusz will not be attendingschool together. Morgan is heading toSouthwest Oklahoma State Universityon a full scholarship, while Nusz will goto community college.However, both of them are aiming for
the same eld - medicine.
“I’m just going to go to a local com-munity college for two years, and after that I’m going to go to a bigger univer-sity and aim for pharmacy or medicine,” Nusz said.Fil-Ams proved to be among the brightest in this area.This year’s class of 2013 at Choctaw
High had ve Filipinos in the top ten.
The students believe the close tiesamong Filipinos in the quiet communityhelped the students stay focused on their studies.“She’s a really big inspiration, and Ithink I need to beat her so I’m going for valedictorian too, hopefully of distinc-tion, so I’m coming for you, Kylie,”Morgan’s brother Trenton said.But the students aren’t only excellingin the classroom. Since the tornadoesravaged nearby Moore and Shawnee,many of them have been volunteering inrelief efforts.
Asian residential investors tothe Philippines,” he added.
While the Philippine Constitu-tion prohibits foreign ownership of land, there is no restriction for for-eigners to buy condominium units.Thus, foreign fund managers andretail investors buy luxury units bytop developers here for investment purposes.
“Foreigners have opted to investin branded condominium projects,”said Santos. “And so far, they’re veryhappy.”
Early this year, Hong Kong and Singa-
pore raised taxes for luxury homeown-ers and investment properties as partof their campaign against bubble risksstemming from speculative investmentsin the realty sector.
Investor-friendly tax laws
With tightening restrictions there,foreigners are turning to the Philippines – where tax laws are more investor-
friendly and nancing is relatively cheap
– for secondary properties.“Number one, it’s much cheaper herefrom a tax perspective and cost. From a
nancing point of view, it’s much moreexpensive to get nancing there,” Santos
said.He noted that the Philippines’ real-
estate developers continue to benet
from foreign interest in branded devel-opments.Santos, however, was quick to addthat he still doesn’t see a bubble arising
from such investment ows. “This isn’t
a bubble. This is sustainable,” he said.“It is exciting. You will see a lot more
money from mainland China, Russia,Europe, Korea and US owing here,”
OFWs and housing backlog
Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)
and middle-income earners supportdemand for residential products, par-ticularly single-detached homes, in thefringe areas of Metro Manila“OFWs and middle-income earnersto sustain the demand for horizontalresidential projects,” said Jan Custodio,
CBRE Philippines’ senior director for
global research and consultancy.
“Economic housing will continue to
observe strong take-up with its affordable prices and ample supply in the fringes of thecountry’s major cities,” he added.Total housing needs for 2013 can reach646,128 units, of which 57 percent will comefrom new households who can afford to own
or rent, CBRE data showed. — KBK, GMA