“You do not need to pay money today to secure future legal services,” said Adonis Flores of the United Michigan who was the guest speaker at the information session on “Administrative Relief” held on Feb. 21, 2015 at the Fuji Japanese Buffet in Madison Heights.
Some 30 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans attended the session hosted by the Michigan chapter of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA).
Flores also talked about the cases of Filipinos with the longest wait for visas to come to the United States to be united with their families.
Flores said that people might have heard the news about President Obama’s immigration relief executive actions which, he noted, have drawn a lot of speculations. His suggestion: Seek advice from attorneys who can really help people with immigration problems. He said there are many criteria to meet to enable an applicant to qualify for administrative relief. Many prospective applicants might not qualify and could face deportation if their application is denied, he warned.
Flores said, “Anyone who falls under the civil-enforcement guidelines should speak to an experienced attorney before applying.”
Ed Navarra, immediate past national chairperson of NaFFAA, remarked during the session that he supports immigration reforms provided it is not being used by politicians to advance their political agenda.
Filipino-American lawyer Carol Anasco D’Agostino served as the moderator during the open forum that followed the speech of Flores.
An immigration lawyer herself, D’Agostino cited a lot of details regarding applicants with past felony charges. She said this could discourage potential applicants from taking advantage of the administrative relief.
D’Agostino also discussed ways to prove that an applicant has stayed in the United States long enough to meet the qualification regarding date of entry. She conducted private consultations with some of the attendees who have problems regarding their immigration status.
Amy Risvold served as the emcee/facilitator of the event. She also introduced the guest speaker.
The holding of the session was a community service offered by NaFFAA-Michigan in collaboration with Michigan United.
For more information about administrative relief, readers may call Adonis Flores at 313-658-2389. Readers who need the services of an immigration lawyer may call Attorney Carol D’Agostino at 248- 886- 9555.