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Citizens in the Metropolitan area of Dallas/Ft. Worth and anyone who might have an interest in this issue are invited to attend an informative forum in order to initiate a legal petition for a revision of Section  212 (a) (9) (c) (II) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act. The following are the premises for this action:

  1. A USCIS Ombudsman Office was precisely created to work directly with the petitioners of immigration benefits and to resolve their issues.
  2. Section 212 (a) (9) (c) (II) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act criminalizes without due process acts which are in most cases only humanitarian and survival actions. It inhumanly penalizes people who are guilty of no criminal intention by negating them immigration benefits, and the possibility to be united with their families, because at some point they were deported and entered The United States without proper and official admission. 
  3. The immigration authorities, disregarding the fifth and the eighth amendments of the Constitution, impose cruel and unusual punishments to US citizens and their immediate relatives.
  4. The Supreme Court (Grahan V. Florida, 560 U.S. 2010) reiterated the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishments, which is consecrated in the eighth amendment of the Constitution. Additionaly it stated that not only inherently barbaric punishments were proscribed, but also penalties not proportional to  the alleged offence.
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THE BLOOMING OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN TEXAS

A MEXICAN-AMERICAN CITIZEN FOR THE FISRT TIME, PRESENTING A HABEAS CORPUS, DEMANDS FREEDOM FOR HER SPOUSE, JUAN PABLO CHAVEZ, WHO WAS ARBITRARILY ARRESTED BY A RACIST AND XENOPHOBIC POLICE OFFICER.

A police officer in Dallas, Texas, turned a traffic sign violation into a criminal charge, just because the offender had a Mexican profile and wore tattoos on his body. The police officer insulted, humiliated and intimidated him with Immigration Authorities. To justify his abusive arresting procedure, the police officer found no other "legal reason" than to charge Mr. Chavez with carrying a false document, one of those which millions of workers carry to satisfy the demands of their employers.

The fake identification card was found inside Mr. Chavez’ van, which was searched by five Police Officers who had no court order and were in violation of all legal protocols. The victim, Mr. Juan Pablo Chavez, had already been handcuffed and ordered to sit on the curb of the road.

On Friday April 4, 2014, in an unprecedented event in Dallas, young Aracelly Herrera, who was born in the United States, stood before Justin Lord (Assistant District Attorney, Criminal District Attorney's Office, Dallas County, Texas), with a written "Habeas Corpus" as a means of protecting the fundamental human rights and procedural safeguards in the case of her spouse Juan Pablo Chavez. Her action was upheld by the sacred fundamental rights enshrined in the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Federal Constitution, which prohibits arrests, raids and seizures without due process of law. The Supreme Court of the United States, in repeated judgments, has argued that the evidence obtained by the transgression of the Fourth Amendment, cannot be admitted in a criminal trial.

It is appropriate to make publicly knowns that the procedure for Habeas Corpus is simple. Either the victims, their relatives, or anyone who may know of the violation can request a revision of the case by a competent authority. Such authority will then be bound to request the “Corpus Delicti” and the basis for the apprehension of the person. A “Writ of Habeas Corpus ", duly granted, may allow the immediate release of a person unlawfully detained. Since this is a Summary Procedure no legal formalities are needed for its draft.

The Habeas Corpus maintains its constitutional basis in Article One , Section 9, Clause II of the Constitution of the United States of America. According to this provision the privilege of Habeas Corpus shall only be suspended "unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.”

COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF TEXAS

3626 Almazan Drive, Dallas, Texas, 75220 – Phone 214 351 1855

"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not themselves.”

Abraham Lincoln

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Financial Statements

What is the use of Financial Statements? Why must the owner or manager of the business know hoe to interpret them? Why is it important to keep them up to date? Who uses them?

   1. The owners and managers use them to assess the operation of the business and to make sound decisions to maximize its value.

   2. Prospective buyers of the business need them to determine its true value and potential.

   3. Financial Institutions use them to evaluate the risk of granting loans or credit lines to the business.

   4. An insurance company needs them to Insure the investment.

   5. Shareholders need them to estimate their return and risk.

   6. Prospective investors use them to assess future return and risk.

   7. Suppliers use then to evaluate the credit worthiness of the business.

   8. Buyers use them to determine whether or not the business has the potential to satisfy a steady demand of goods or services.

In The following articles we are going to introduce the four basic financial statements - The Balance Sheet, The Income Statement, The Statement of Retained Earnings, and The Statement of Cash Flows.  Taken together, these statements give an accounting picture of the firm’s operations and financial position.

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Business Planning for Continuity

Business Continuity

Business Planning for Continuity

Creating and running a business takes a big effort, a great risk, and a lot of capital. Therefore protecting it and planing for its continuity is a priority.Ask yourself the following questions and find out if you are prepared.

  1. Do you know how much your business is worth?
  2. What would happen to your business in case of sickness, disability or death?
  3. Have you decided who is going to inherit the business? Are these people ready for the task?
  4. Would you like to sell the business?
  5. Do you need a bank loan?
  6. Have you had your business appraised or valued?
  7. Do you have a will?

Click here to download a pdf document which will help you be ready and prepare for continuity.

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Maximizing Your Earning Power

In our previous blog we discussed the critical importance of Your Earning Power over the course of our life. What follows are some hints you may find helpful as you plan for a secure financial future…a future that enables you to live the way you choose to live.

  • Pay Yourself First.  Put another way, spend less than you earn! 
  • Develop and Stick to a Budget.  
  • Become Financially Literate.  Knowledge is power!  While you don’t have to become a financial expert, you should develop an understanding of financial concepts.
  • Establish and Monitor Financial Goals.  It’s not how much money you make…It’s what you do with the money you make!
  • Build an Emergency Fund.  Plan for the unexpected!
  • Distinguish Between Needs and Wants.  Learn to make trade-offs!
  • Manage Debt.  Beware of credit card debt!
  • Don’t Walk Away from Free Money.  Take full advantage of employee benefits!
  • Set-Up an IRA.  A tax-advantaged way to save for retirement!
  •  Build a Diversified Investment Portfolio.  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!
  • Purchase Appropriate Insurance Coverage.  Turn uncertainty into certainty!
  • Have a Will.  You need a will!
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Your Earning Power

Few people realize that a 30-year-old couple will earn 3.5 million dollars by age 65 if their total family income averages $100,000 for their entire careers and they get no raises.

How much will you and your family earn before you get to 65 years old. Use the following formula to calculate it. Just enter your age and your income per year. Then click the CALCULATE button.

What will you do with your earning power and what will you have to show for it in the future?  It is a matter of choice

The fact of the matter is that you’re the only one who can decide what to do with your earning power and, by extension, with your life.  The two are inextricably linked.  Decisions on what you want to do with your earning power come from answering questions such as:

  • Where do I want to live?  Do I want to own my own home?  Where? What kind of home?
  • What kind of lifestyle do I want to have?  Vacations?  Entertainment and leisure activities?  Automobile choices?
  • Do I want to pay the bill for my kids to attend college?  Public or private?
  • Do I want to start my own business some day?
  • Do I want to reach an age by which I can afford to stop working if I want?
  • Do I want to live strictly for today…strictly for tomorrow…or enjoy today while still providing for tomorrow?
  • Do I want to help my family, those in need, my community, church?

 If you think of life as a journey, answers to questions such as these become your destinations on the journey of life.

Remember…people don’t plan to fail…they fail to plan.

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It’s very common for many businesses not to maximize their tax deductible benefits available for lack of organization or ignorance of the tax law. Get ready for a meaningful discussion with your accountant by considering the following questions.

  1. What information and documents should I keep and for how long? Make a list and revise it each year.
  2. Does the structure of my business affect my income taxes? Could I save more in taxes with a different structure?  (Sole Proprietor, Partnership, LLC, S or C-Corporations, etc.)
  3. Are the people working in my business employees or contractors?  Should I provide form W-2 or the 1099? The IRS has specific guidelines to define worker’s status and an audit can seriously affect your business.
  4. How does the ratio profit/expenses affect my taxes?
  5. Can I deduct miles used for doing volunteer work?
  6. Are there any tax law changes this year affecting my business?
  7. What kinds of travel expenses are deductible?
  8. Do I qualify for a retirement savings account with deductible contributions? There are different retirement plans available to benefit business owners and employees.
  9. What is an “Executive-Bonus” and does my business qualify for it?
  10. What is the “Special-Tax Credit” and how can I take advantage of it?
  11. How much can I deduct from charitable giving? What types of organizations qualify for my donations?
  12. Can I use my home as a business office and deduct expenses related to it?
  13. How can I maximize the tax benefits available?

A fellowship breakfast will be offered at 13425 Webb Chapel Rd, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 on March 27 at 7:30 am to further discuss these questions. There will be profesional individuals to help you better focus on maximizing your tax benefits. The breakfast will cost $3.00, but you have to RSVP. Please call 972.241.3293 or click here to register. 

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