Volume 2, Number 5 - November 1993
IN THE CHILD'S BEST INTEREST
Centuries ago, wise King Solomon settled a child care dispute. He did it in the best interests of the child. Today
in our judicial system, child custody suits are common because of a high degree of divorce in our nation. Often
bitterness regarding child custody and visitations breaks out between the two sides. The law seeks to protect children
in these bitter fights.
The battles over custody and visitation that erupt between the parents are widespread. These combats often leave
the child in a state of shock, not knowing which parent to side with.
In some divorce cases the parents use their children to get even with each other. Perhaps it is the parents' lack
of moral fiber that makes them think more about what is best for them than what is best for their children.
The situation becomes even more intense when the judicial system is asked to intervene in a custody case. The courts
are called upon to make decisions for the parents, decisions parents are usually unwilling to make. Unfortunately,
sometimes the court's decisions are not in the child's best interest.
Parents who elect to bring a child into the world should be mature enough to make decisions about the child's welfare.
They must put aside their own bitterness and forget past hurts and establish care and understanding for their offspring.
The rules governing the best interests of children must come from the parents. Decisions must be made without bias.
What is best for the child may simply be having both parents putting the child's interest ahead of their own.
In all of the recent publicity received by the INS, mostly negative, there is good news too.
Doris Meissner has been nominated by President Clinton as the new commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization
Service. The post had been vacant since the last commissioner resigned after George Bush lost the presidential
election last November.
As the new Commissioner, Meissner has a big job ahead of her. Her task is to make the United States' immigration
procedures and policies work well. She must address new immigration issues and resolve the old ones that had been
marked low priority by the last administration.
This state of affairs leaves the new Commissioner in a vulnerable position. All eyes are upon her, and much is
expected. Yet the skills and abilities she brings to the job may be just what the INS needs to get the work done.
Articles written about Meissner are bursting with praise about her work in immigration. Additionally, she has outlined
goals for the INS, goals which I believe are long overdue. Professionalism within the INS is her primary goal,
"control with compassion" is another, she said, and the next in line is immigration policy leadership.
Hard work can make goals attainable. With her diligence and her understanding of INS policy, Meissner may even
surpass her own goals. Perhaps the Commissioner's quest is to simplify the processes, and to make the policy administration
Control with compassion, words with much meaning and hope, but can they be achieved?
Under a court order, the INS must now accept late-filed applications under the Immigrant Assistance Project of
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) (IAP) v. INS.
The allegation involves plaintiffs who brought action against the government due in part to the INS's vague interpretation
of "continuous unlawful residence" and "known to the Government" policy.
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INCOME TAX 1993
A quick reminder that tax season is getting closer. Start preparing now for the new laws that elected officials
seem to thrust upon us yearly. Something new this year in California is that we will not have the benefit of the
much needed renter's credit.
STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS
When business owners put their customers' best interest ahead of their own, they have a successful business. Rafael
Alvarez, owner of RAFAEL'S INCOME TAX. Alvarez has been in the Santa Ana area for over 10 years. He was among the
first pioneers who offered services to people of modest means. This business is located at 910 South Main Street,
in Santa Ana, CA. The phone number is (714) 953-9331.
Before starting his own business Alvarez worked for Rogelio Diaz, a tax consultant whom Alvarez credits with starting
him in the right business direction. Later, Alvarez felt comfortable enough to establish his own company. He had
perfected his craft, and added other much needed services to the community. With his own personal savings began
working for himself.
RAFAEL'S INCOME TAX, has been in the same location since 1981. Alvarez characterizes his first year in business
as a bit uncertain, but by opting to extend his income tax service to a year-round operation, something a bit new
to the Hispanic community, he was able to revolutionize his tax service.
While working as a tax consultant, his reputation as an honest and sincere businessman spread. Today during income
tax season, his customers are numerous. They come from all over the county for the his tax services.
Alvarez's advice today for someone starting a business such as his, is to acquire as much knowledge and education
in the chosen field. Schooling is vital, and learning and upgrading skills are always beneficial. Honesty is still
the best policy in the tax business. He finds that the more prepared you are in your skill as a tax preparer, the
more your customers will benefit from your service and your knowledge.
He encourages people in thinking of starting their own business. "Nowhere is the opportunity greater for Hispanic
entrepreneurs as now," he said. He is willing to give his time and energy to help any potential entrepreneurs
with questions they may have about stating an income tax service.
LEARN A NEW WORD
Allegation Something alleged; assertion
Josephine Morales de Abreu