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“We Are and Always Be a Nation of Immigrants; We Were Strangers Once, too!”

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Strategic International Business Leader, Adviser & Coach

“We are a nation of Immigrants in the United States of America” “We Were Strangers Once, too”

In the next few weeks, immigration will be the focus of debates among Americans and their international friends across platforms and media; because the US Supreme Court will begin their oral arguments about the case U.S. versus Texas. It is a topic that ignites tensions that are highly political.

In fact, the 2016 presidential candidates have started debating it by offering their personal views and preferences as a tool of influencing votes in their favor. Instead of looking through opportunities and creating together better society of integrated immigrants across cultures.

In connection to that case, the group of corporate leaders signed the Brief, requesting the US Supreme Court to support President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration, “that temporarily protect some undocumented immigrants from deportation and gives them the ability to legally work in the United States”.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Co-Founder & CEO publicly announced yesterday via his Facebook page (see below) that he and other corporate leaders have signed the Brief.

For anyone who would like to participate in encouraging the US Supreme Court Justices to support President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigrants, please click on the following link“Stand with Business Leaders and Support Immigrant Families”

In 2014, President Obama expressed his passionate remarks on Immigration during his Address to the Nation. Please see a part of his remarks below:

“My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship. What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal -– that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will. – President Barack Obama, Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation, November 20, 2014.

Indeed, this is a topic that requires discussion but let us rise above the politics of it and as educated professionals with common sense. Our American immigration system needs a reform to align with the needs and situations of the 21st Century. Like every other nation internationally, they consider immigration as vital source of economic growth and development.

Today, all nations are evolving towards competitiveness; there are shortages of people’s competency to perform jobs, the family unit that needs to be integrated culturally and become a part of global economy. Immigrants need to be welcomed as an integrated part of our own Americanism. How could America compete with the rest of the world, if we remain in a mindset that is narrowly focused and ignores the impact of globalization where immigration is a vital part of it?

The families who are willing to partake in the American economy, participate in our democratic system, become real American resident or even citizen like everyone else; however many of them don’t have legitimate documentation because our immigration system do not allow them to become a part of our ‘Americanism’. They worked hard to be a part of our American living. They played vital roles in our communities. Their children studied with their best to become among the future of the United States. They deserve equal respect and dignity. Let’s welcome them as Americans not labeling them as ‘unfit strangers forever’.

“Are we a nation that kicks out a striving, hopeful immigrant like Astrid, or are we a nation that finds a way to welcome her in? Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger –- we were strangers once, too.” – President Obama

This article first appeared at ReloNavigator’s Newsletter, published on March 10, 2016.

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Imports Produced Through Forced Labor Can Be Stopped: CBP’s Trade Facilitation & Trade Enforcement Act 2015 Signed Into Law

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Strategic International Business Leader, Adviser & Coach

“As CBP continues to safeguard legitimate trade and travel at our borders, I am proud to say that the 60,000 men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection remain committed to enforcing our trade laws and protecting the nation’s economic security.” said in the Statement issued by Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske

President Obama signed H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 – also known as the Customs Authorization Bill, as of last week.

Please find the General Objectives of this 2015 Act on the image below;

Perspectives:

The business objectives of this 2015 Act is great, hopefully we will be seeing greater impact of stopping or banning goods that are produced through forced and child labors from countries that are exploiting their citizens. In this way, the Citizens of the United States will not be viewed as supporters of the exploitation of certain countries, because the american consumers buy these goods.

This Act has achieved the closing of the loophole that existed for 85 Years in America’s Tariff Law. It is unbelievable how our laws were written yet no one among the so called Legislators took time of correcting it until 85 years later. The language of that 85 Years old Tariff Law is being corrected under President Obama’s administration is seen below..

Bad Language of the Tariff Law in the last 85 Years:

Until now, U.S. customs law banning imports of items produced by forced or child labor had gone largely unenforced because of two words: “consumptive demand” — if there was not sufficient supply to meet domestic demand, imports were allowed regardless of how they were produced. (source:NYDailyNews)

If you read correctly that conditional statement as a clarification of “consumptive demand”, the question would be why do the CBPs (so called in charge of the enforcement) allowed themselves to be the pawn of badly produced goods. Capitalism in full force.

Was there indeed a shortage of these goods domestically, that triggered supply and demand of goods that were produced by forced and child labors?

Indeed, there was no enforcement; as gate keepers they allowed the American public to buy and use these goods and eventually suffered the consequence of consuming them; the producers benefited from the US Dollars spent in them. Where and who bears the moral obligation and accountability of that “consumptive demand” phrase?

In the meantime, hopefully with the newly signed Law we will see better enforcement. The Commissioner is confident to the strategic approach of CBP’s 328 Port of Entry that these imported goods to the United States will be curtailed as per authorization of the new trade and enforcement law.

More Power to President Barack Obama, his administration, legislators and CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) who were all involved in rectifying an old tariff law with bad language.

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Relevance of a Good Client; What Makes Sense! Results to Strategic Success – Discussed at Connections by Juntee Terrenal

Great to hear insights of someone who is experienced in the international business landscape! These professionals have the depth of knowledge in areas that ordinary employee / manager of organizations possess.

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By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

The Connections Group of business owners and their representatives; based in Bellingham, WA met on May 1, 2014 for their regular weekly meeting.  Juntee Terrenal, the Founder & Principal of ReloNavigator offered his insights about the “Relevance of a Good Client – What makes sense!, Results to Strategic Success”

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As an industry experienced professional, Juntee shared his perspectives that a good client must have the ability to pay the price of expected output with quality and efficiency. Additionally, a great client is someone that will appreciate your value to their organization. It is a fact, that when clients like effective, strategically positioned results with R.O.I. (Return On Investments), there is a value that equates to certain level of results.

At ReloNavigator, our clients understand the value of our services because at the very outset of relationship, they understand the scope, strategies…

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Leadership Strategies that will Overcome the Challenges of Cross-border Businesses: The Seminar for Employers, Entrepreneurs and Various Types of Businesses

Business leaders, human resources leaders, corporate management and team leaders who are responsible in leading or even hiring people across borders will benefit from this seminar.

Don’t miss this opportunity that will be provided by experienced industry and internationally experienced leaders in managing cross-border business and overcome challenges.

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Resources available for Canadians and others find a home and start a life in America and Whatcom County – Real Estate Radio 12/14/13

Other business investors, individuals and families can also learn from the recorded content of the radio show. When you have additional questions, it is great to speak with someone who understands your circumstances, like ReloNavigator’s Team.

Our Founder’s Message to Our Clients, Partners & Friends Internationally

Achieving your business goals is the ultimate target during this year of 2014.

Understanding US Investor’s Visa To Achieve Results

Anyone who will attend this will go home with a better perspectives and can make better decisions.

Expats’ Challenges Are Solved with Measurable Results

Before you move to another country, contact ReloNavigator as they are experts in guiding you the best options and practices.

Editor’s Feature of Nexus Canada – “Understanding US Investor’s Visa To Achieve Results”

More Power to ReloNavigator and Nexus Canada.

Important Things to Remember When Moving In to Australia

ReloNavigator (http://www.relonavigator.com) can surely assist in your migration to Australia. The article illustrated some points that only experienced professionals can tell you, like the Specialists of ReloNavigator.

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moving in to australiaAustralia is one of most ideal countries to live in. With its excellent performing universities, high quality of life, great health and safety system, friendly and welcoming people and diverse culture, there is no doubt to this claim. All throughout the year, more people from the rest of the world are migrating to the country. And a couple more are starting to plan on migration. But if you’re someone who wants to bring your partner to move in with you in Australia and look for an Australia partner visa agent, then there’s definitely a way for you to achieve just that.

However, a lot of people thinks that the process of migrating to another country, and Australia especially, is difficult and dreary, more so in applying for a partner visa. Also, they think it’s quite difficult to look for efficient migration agents Sydney. Although it is true that…

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Learning the Benefits of US Investors Visas with Results

Business people who practice strategic approaches will benefit from this program, provided such investors like results and efficiency. Share this link to your friends so they can benefit from its informative session.

Tips that Support Expat Spouses & Family Members

Tips that Support Expat Spouses & Family Members.

Excellent tips  for every employer.

Understanding these and relative areas is very esential for anyone who is managing an expat remotely.

Gay Binational Couples Allowed Live in US

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said that the Department will now allow U.S. citizens to petition for their same-sex couples just like other married couples.

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In light of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and Prop. 8, the United States Government has already started receiving applications for spousal visas by same-sex couples, where one of the partners is a non-US citizen.

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said that the Department will now allow U.S. citizens to petition for their same-sex couples just like other married couples. 

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Same Sex Marriage Equality is a Recognition of Loving & Caring Relationships Among Individuals

The US Supreme Court has issued its ruling on two controversial issues that divided Americans for many years.

In June 26, 2013, the American LGBT Citizens gained equal respect, rights and privileges to their counterparts in the American Society within the Federal Level of government.   The Supreme Court Judges removed the second class classification that was provided to the LGBT Citizens and recognized all Same-Sex Marriages in all states that allowed marriages, as equal to their counterparts among heterosexuals.

“This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better” – Pres Obama

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“DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment,” “The federal statue is invalid” wrote Justice Kennedy.

A New York City immigration judge, Barbara Nelson, immediately adjourned Brooks’ deportation hearing after reading the Supreme Court ruling, specifically section 3 of DOMA which recognized only marriages between a man and a woman and granted federal benefits to such marriages. By striking down Section 3, the Supreme Court has allowed same-sex couples to receive more than 1,000 federal benefits and entitlements linked to marriage status.

It’s not just a generation gap that explains the profound shift, pollsters are discovering — even some older Americans are changing their minds about gay marriage, as are citizens in rural areas, from religious backgrounds and in traditionally conservative jurisdictions.

All Five Justices who demonstrated their decision in removing the discriminatory parts of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) will be remembered in the annals of history. They stood for the people who were being discriminated by such Law, that was signed in 1996 by then President Bill Clinton, of which he recently expressed regret and advocated the Supreme Court’s invalidation.

President Obama and his administration will be appreciated forever by Same-Sex Marriages including their families, friends and communities.

Where do we go from here?

In addition to our rich US History, today it illustrated that we have achieved another significant level of respect and dignity – Marriage Equality. While everyone do not agree to the Supreme Court Ruling, it is important to celebrate the correction of a wrong doing. The most important is the federal recognition of the same-sex marriages that exist within communities, will now have equal treatment with the heterosexual marriages. Same-Sex Spouses are now publicly documented in any legal documentations for both federal and state (where same-sex marriage is allowed) governments.

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“So we welcome today’s decision, and I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.” – President Obama

A Salute to Everyone involved, who participated hard in this discrimination fight. Prayers to the souls of those who were discriminated, lost their lives and did not see today’s invalidation of DOMA.

Anderson Cooper’s AC360 covered a Highlight of the Day in his program! It is worth listening to their conversations. Awesome for Anderson to share this episode of AC360, More Power.

Credit to Sources:

  1. http://www.supremecourt.gov
  2. http://tv.msnbc.com
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com
  4. http://ca.news.yahoo.com
  5. http://www.cnn.com

Community Immersion / Pre-decision Tour Impacts Results of Effective Relocation and Costs

My experiences taught me that this type of activity is very essential to validate how I felt at my next home town. Absolutely a great service for those who like to become familiar with the quality of life that they will have in the future.

Your employer will pay for this service especially when they like you to become successful at your new home assignment. There is nothing more important to high performing employer than your success in job responsibilities, cultural adjustment and ROI of their investment to your expatriate status.

Pre-decision tour and community immersion works well when you are one of those successful expats or families that will enjoy the experience and amenities of the new home environment.

3. Be aware of your body language / nonverbal communication [Quick hints for non-traditional Hot Yoga teachers]

Non-verbals are quite significant forms of communication – http://ideasnconversations.blogspot.com/2012/08/non-verbal-versus-verbal-language.html

Problem Solver to the many Puzzles pertaining to your immigration, relocation, home search and destination support

It is always a great feeling when you have someone you can trust.  That someone can facilitate  the solutions of all confusing issues that will relate to relocation, immigration and particularly when you are starting a new life in a new country. Oftentimes, you feel as if you are in solitude when no one can point you to specific cultural needs that will make you feel comfortable.

This support from ReloNavigator is an essential piece including other services they provide. I will call ReloNavigator when I will relocate again to another city or country.

“No travel or driving needed”, Increase Your Competency Regardless of your Location

Active Lessons are available remotely, You don’t need to travel to learn something!
Remote Learning for your Convenience:

There are  classes available for anyone who likes to learn remotely. We have designed classes that can be done via Skype or Yahoo Messenger. All that you will need is your active account in either of the two platforms. Register with us and then you are ready to begin your learning in English Conversations for Business or Personal Use or increase your communication skills and competency that will make your organizational management become effective (see photo above).

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Limitation Is Impossible when Communicating in English Well

This is the overview of what you can become and you will experience life without limitations!

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First Step: Learn from the basics, and then bring yourself to speed up to maximum level. Like the illustrated ladder of learning for someone who likes to become Communicative Competent.

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Second Step: Distinguish yourself with the learning of proper and correct vocabulary. Use them efficiently at any location, event, or when you are sharing information with someone regardless of his/her background.

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Third Step: Take time to practice with other people. There are many venues of learning and practicing.  The following is an example of the venue for practice. Some are free and some are paid. You get the value of what you pay for and the experience when it is given free.

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Fourth Step: Understand the implications and sociological meanings of words, phrases, idiomatic expressions, slangs or the so called ‘lingua-franca’ By knowing when and where to say properly will create an impression of credibility among the people you share your ideas.

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Fifth Step: When unsure, find someone who is experienced to help you. There is no better Coach than someone who is experienced in many areas of concern. Thousands of information is available in the internet, but when you cannot tell the difference of what is correct and which one is wrong, then the best advice is to seek the guidance of a Coach or a Teacher.  Either will tell you which is the best.

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Sixth Step: When you begin grasping greater responsibilities, there is an expectation that you will demonstrate competence in leadership and management of an organization that is consist of people, activities, situations, revenues, communication and external factors. Being a communicator, you need the competency as illustrated in the following image. If you don’t have one, hire a Coach who will help you obtain those critical knowledge.

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Seventh Step:  What is your readiness to make a difference?  Exceptional? or just a so so employee?  or just be a Yes, Sir!  You need to be able to answer eloquently those challenging interview questions when you are facing a panel of people. You need to sell your capabilities in order to gain growth and advancement.

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Eight Step: Leading is not a joke. It requires strategic mindset to make the balance of the organizational fulcrum. When you aspire to be a good boss or great boss, you must learn unequivocal knowledge and expertise in the areas shown below. In that way, you are indeed someone to be respected within an organization.  If your aspiration is being a mediocre manager – don’t bother to learn these.

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Ninth Step: Demonstrative communicative competency is a must when you aspire to be standing before an audience.  If you don’t know how? Hire a Coach to teach you the proper techniques and mechanics of doing professionally. Don’t be misled with many online information. Delivery of information like the ones shown below is imperative.

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Tenth Step: There is nothing more eloquent to listen, attend someone’s talks than an individual who can illustrate these three important characteristics of a Communicator. Your opportunity is limitless when you have these competency, confidence and ability to articulate. Please note this is not a skill – what is required is a competency. The combination of knowledge, techniques, linguistic proficiency, cultural depth, and business acumen.

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The 64 dollar question is, “Have you gone through all the 10 steps? If not, which one do you need to accomplish?  Can you call yourself  ‘Competent’ and can demonstrate the step 10?”  Ideas N Conversations will be glad to help you with your difficulties.

We like to hear from you. As always every comment that you share will be appreciated.

How does Culture Makes You Feel Different from Others?

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Today’s session on Cultural Implications and Context within Conversational English has been well received, participants enjoyed and learned a lot. Attendees were English Educators from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam (Sunny) and  Mendoza, Argentina (Emanuel). Hosted by our Coach, Jaiyetee, Coach in Communications, Business, Linguistics and Leadership.
Our topics evolved from various aspects of cultural implications such as learning the ‘Cultural Iceberg’ where there are many information that we do not know and aware of when communicating with someone whom we just met, or we work with or we have been introduced. Even when we have worked together for a while, but we did not explore the cultural backgrounds of implicit culture (the things underneath of the physical view). Often times, we are experiencing the external appearance of the culture (what we are seeing), like the view provided below.
We shared our ideas, views, perspectives and talked about;
1. Perceptions
2. Verbal communications
3. Non-verbal communications
4. Meaning of words and phrases in different countries
5. Cultural meanings of greeting someone at a particular country
6. Giving gifts of appreciation to a personal friend, business partner, family friends and acquaintances
7. Cultural Immersion and Experiences
To experience the real scenario and learn the cultural contexts of phrases, words, expressions, actions and avoid embarrassments during conversations in English, we need to learn what these mean in other cultures. Cultural Meanings and their relevance to the speaker / recipient of the information is important. We make sure that what we say will not be  offensive. Must demonstrate cultural competence, be articulate, and confident during an engaging conversations to be a great person to interact with.
When interested to participate in any future English Conversations via Skype please send your interest via email:info@ideasnconversations with your skype ID, and we will include you in the future events. You can invite your friends to participate with you to learn together. If you have specific topic that you would like to learn more, just email us with your suggested topic and we will consider for future topic agenda.
Thank you to all our participants. Until the next session.