March 1,2017-March 31, 2017


    Well, after the most recent presidential elections in the United States, and consistent with the hysteria over the last few weeks, combined with the rippling effects around the world we have decided to move our Free U.S Citizenship drive forward to the month of March this year.  Our drive begins on March 1, 2017 and ends on March 31, 2017. Every year, during the month of June, we normally schedule a free clinic with the purpose of providing Free U.S Citizenship Application processing services.  The services are free of charge for any legal fees for the ordinary processing of applications for obtaining United States Citizenship.

     For many years I have harped, annoyingly to most, on the fact that many green-card holders have become too complacent with their status as permanent residents.  Many people are here for more than half their lives and some for the majority of their lives only to end up removed from the United States for infractions, some not even that serious.  Returning to life in your home country can be shocking.  Most of the times it is very difficult to readjust to new surrounding and in a society whose customs and values you have become unfamiliar with.  In most cases it becomes almost impossible especially if you left as a young child.  For many who are unable to adjust to life in their home country end up in drug abuse situations, homeless, developing mental illness and in a lot of circumstances commit suicide.

     Furthermore, any personal, economic, familial and social gains obtained during the time one has spent in the United States can be devastatingly lost and usually amounts in severe financial ruin, family separation from children, spouses and siblings, and overall, the incapacity to function in the new environment.  Over the years and after pleading with several clients to apply for the relief of Citizenship I have heard several reasons for them to claim to be skeptical of obtaining U.S Citizenship, a few of which I would like to address is this short attendance with you.  This subject is dear to me and therefore, my responses are normally riddled with sarcasm and distaste; but I am sure you will get the idea.

CLIENT STATEMENT: “I don’t want to get my citizenship in the United States because I will have to give up my citizenship of my home country!”

MY RESPONSE: According to international law you obtain citizenship of any country in two ways either by (1) birth or (2) relationship to the state itself.  Firstly, one who is born in any sovereign territory obtains citizenship by operation of law and the fact that he is born within the territorial boundaries of that state;  secondly, one who has satisfied the internal requirements of residential time or any other qualification mandated by that sovereign territory.

CLIENT STATEMENT: “AMERICA doesn’t allow for dual citizenship”

MY RESPONSE: Nonsense!  Once again principles of International law prevail over states’ wishes and in the order of Laws (even if it were true) and therefore International Law on the issue is prevalent (I think if anyone tells me that this year I will dig out my eyes with a dull and blunt object to put me out of my misery).  You have obtained your citizenship by birth in country of your birth….your original nationality.  You do not lose it merely by becoming a citizen of another country.  You must take some affirmative act of formally renouncing your citizenship of any country!  You then have migrated to the United States and have satisfied your 3 or 5 year time period to apply for citizenship.  You become a citizen of both places and are a dual national by operation of law, which no man may challenge.  You can even move to somewhere else, a third territory, and get married or perform some act that qualifies for benefits in that country and become a citizen of that country also.

     Now that being said, the statement regarding the U.S not recognizing dual citizenship is for other reasons where different types of questions arise.  These issues are mostly jurisdictional questions where international crimes are concerned where individuals claim that that the United States cannot take certain actions against them because they are a citizen of another country.  It also arises in international civil claims.

Therefore it is important to understand what you hear or read because the context of the matter must be properly understood first before you qualify the statement.

The third most popular one that drives me absolutely NUTS is:

CLIENT STATEMENT: “I don’t want to become a citizen of this place.  I am going home after I retire!”

MY RESPONSE: Firstly, (After gritting my teeth and trying to prevent myself from reaching over the desk and slapping the skin color off of these some people for having the audacity to conjure up the sentence to say it in public)……..GROW SOME BALLS AND SHOW SOME ALLEGIANCE!!!!!  Secondly, you are not dead as yet and you don’t know what the future holds. Have at least the slightest bit of foresight rather than thinking past the tip of your nose, especially when you have assets, children and a family.  You have stayed in the United States for the last 20-30 or more years.  You have enjoyed Medicaid, Medicare, the healthcare system, have obtained credit, purchased houses, cars and other assets.  Do you believe, that in all circumstances, once you leave that you will continue to receive your benefits, pensions, social security etc…..THINK AGAIN!  NOT IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES!  Try getting sick abroad…especially in poor countries.  Try maintaining your income level in territories where the money exchange sector is completely out of whack!  Try still getting your benefits once you lose you residential status!  That will normally have your behind running back to the Unites States then trying to get your citizenship when you are broke, sick and completely frustrated.  Seen it 100 times!

……Or what you think you will automatically qualify for a visitor’s visa so that you come and go as you please?  Sounds lovely, but doesn’t work all the time.  Check it out!

I look at Immigration like financial planning.  We have to think several steps ahead and cater for eventualities.  For our readers… if you or someone you know is in need of their citizenship PLEASE DO IT NOW!  A new day is at hand in the United States and it will not be as friendly or carefree as it was with immigrants as before.  Its tolerance has ended on November 8, 2016.

Letter to the Editor: Is Freedom of Speech still in Crisis?


The management of Blackman & Sons, Inc. is a bit perplexed over the continued silence regarding the decision of the Guyana National Broadcasting Association (GNBA) as to whether or not to grant the corporation its broadcasting license for its radio station operation.

The Media corporation is also the same corporation that owns and operates the local television station, HBTV Channel 9. It had submitted its first radio license application in or about 1992 prior to the 1992 elections.  This application has never had a decision. Thereafter the then new administration, in a different political party assumed control over the administration of the government and the processing of the license application.  The corporation’s managing director, Eve Blackman, for over 20 years has been pursuing a decision on this license application; however, there has been no response regarding countless inquiries made, and further and more importantly, no decision has been considered on the application.  The corporation sent in another application a few years ago during the last administration.  Prior to the end of the last administration the then government granted  a series of broadcasting licenses for individuals, corporations and other entities that, for the most part, were commenced post BSI’s application and furthermore, they all applied for the their licenses years after BSI’s application was submitted for consideration.  The application was obviously ignored.

This new coalition government and its administration, apparently, has taken the same position as its predecessors and has failed to make any decision on the application of the corporation for licensing to perform its radio broadcast operations.  This blatant administrative failure to issue the license is a clear violation of the law and an abuse of lawful discretion of the management and board of the GNBA.

Approximately 9 months ago managing Director, Mrs. Blackman, contacted Mr. Leonard Craig regarding the License applications and he stated that “it was being worked on”.  The new administration has taken its seat in government for over one year and still, to date the GNBA has failed and continues to fail to properly respond to the inquiry of the managing director, Eve Blackman; and even more disappointing, to render a decision on the corporation’s licensing application. However, and sorrowful to say the point and time for a cognizable response has since gone.

At this juncture, based upon the government’s continuing inability, incapacity or unwillingness to process the corporation’s application in combination with other actions by the GNBA against the corporation, BSI must at this point take into consideration that it has been “BLACKLISTED” from inclusion in the broadcasting sector of the country with the intent to further continue to strangle the life from corporation for no recognizable reason that could be considered.

Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of democracy in this Republic and BSI has made its airwaves, through HBTV Channel 9 available to any and all who wished to use the station, and without discrimination regarding sex, religion, race, ethnicity or gender.  For some, they have had use of the channel’s airwaves most extensively and at most favorable conditions for both the present and previous government administrations; therefore the reason for treatment being dealt to Channel 9 is unwarranted, unjust, illegal and as stated, the source of perplexing and confusing sentiments among board members.

It appears as though this may be a matter that only a court of law can fix.  However, it is hoped that it will not come to that.

Despite the previous and present government’s administration’s (through the GNBA), treatment of the corporation and its radio license application, BSI who has always remained silent on major issues affecting it.  Now it has been forced to become vocal and proactive on the issues affecting it. As a result, of the disrespect, disregard and ultimate disgust, BSI is at this time preparing to commence its radio broadcast operations on August 1, 2016 via both air-waves and internet.   Despite this position that the corporation has been forced to take on the matter it will be immediately taking steps to deal with finally resolving the issues between the corporation and the administrative body surrounding the multiple undecided applications.

Within the coming weeks we shall be moving the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority to  further assess the matter and make a decision.  Otherwise, we shall be forced to seek legal counsel on other legal remedies.

By:  Denise Melville-Blackman, Esq.

PRESS RELEASE: New Chairman Appointed for HBTV Channel 9


Denise Melville-Blackman, Esq.
Denise Melville-Blackman, Esq.

As leadership of the Blackman & Sons, Inc, owner of the media house, HBTV Channel 9 remained outstanding and in question and after three months of deliberations and meetings of the directors of the board a meeting was called and vote of the Board of Directors of Blackman & Sons, Inc. was made. As of May 1, 2016 a New Chairman, for an interim period, of the Corporation has been decided upon.

Denise Melville- Blackman, has been elected by a vote of the board of directors of Blackman & Sons, Inc. to be the new Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors of Blackman & Sons, Inc.

She was born in New Amsterdam, Berbice, in February 3, 1980 to Leslie Melville and Bibi Khan of Richmond Hill, New York, and is, by profession, an attorney at law and the managing partner in the U.S based law firm of Blackman & Melville, P.C.

After leaving Guyana at the age of 2 she spent her formative years in Richmond Hill, NY where she attended Forest Hills High School. After an exemplary high school education she attended St. Johns University in Queens, New York on academic scholarship. She majored in government and politics whereafter she graduated Cum Laude and subsequently went on to pursue her studies at Touro Law Center in Central Islip, NY. Her concentration of legal studies at Law School were in Corporate Finance and Criminal Law. Soon after graduating she was recruited as an intern by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. Thereafter, she departed the Suffolk District Attorney’s office to pursue a career in private practice where-after she employed her excellent research skills and naturally aggressive court demeanor to become a most noticeable and recognized matrimonial, family and immigration law attorney. Two years after winning 98% of her cases she moved her way to managing partner of the small but dynamic private firm.

During her tenure as managing partner she has maneuvered the way for this firm to grow from a single office to having multiple offices and extending the practice of the firm from Civil and Criminal practice to Immigration and International Civil practice with satellite offices in New York, Atlanta, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad.

She is presently licensed in New York and Georgia. With continued personal and business growth in mind she expects to extend her ability to practice in the Caribbean and expected to submit applications to attend Law School at the University of the West Indies this winter so that she may acquire her legal education certificate with hopes to qualify to practice as an attorney in the Caribbean and become a member of the Guyana Bar.

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