Thursday, March 18, 2010

FROM THE BARREL OF MY PEN
By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN


When I trained for an immigration officer’s job at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia way back in the mid90s, I learned that there were segments and segments of immigration regulations and procedures not accessible to the public including lawyers. I believe that’s still true today.

Though I may agree with the suggestion to seek the advice of an immigration lawyer when it comes to an immigration or naturalization issue, lawyers do not have all the answers or solutions. Some of them have even been disbarred for misrepresentation.

Lawyers definitely would need the assistance of an immigration expert or one who has been fully trained or completely immersed on a regular basis in immigration law and regulations. Such are former immigration or adjudications officers who were able to acquire long years of experience and knowledge in the implementation and enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the U.S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, and various court decisions including those of the Board of Immigration Appeals.

The people to watch out with regard to an immigration problem are those so-called “consultants” or “notarios” who do not have any experience or training in the Immigration Officer’s Academy. Don’t you ever seek their assistance because they will promise you or guarantee you everything in exchange for your money.

True to every field of endeavor such as in medicine, engineering, or in the arts and sciences, getting a second opinion from another professional is always better than not.

Most particularly in being confronted with the issue of whether or not one would need an invasive surgical procedure to cure an ailment, the best move is to get the best of all available medical advice from experts. Being totally dependent on one doctor is unwise because he or she is definitely subject to make a mistake.

Who I would recommend to put our trust completely for solution to any kind of problems in life is One who is All Knowing and Omnipotent. That’s God in Heaven if you have a personal relationship with his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Other from Him, it would be better to keep our options open.



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