Regine Tells Her Story on US Immigration Show

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Regine Tells Her Story on US Immigration Show


Asias songbird, Ms. Regine Velasquez, had a soaring careershe was a multi-platinum recording artist, boxoffice movie star, SRO concert performer. She was on top of the world until the summer of 2000 when her world seemed to crash.

She was in the thick of preparations for her "R2K" concert tour in the US when she was accused of alien smuggling and was almost banned from entering the US for life.

The songbird struggled against the winds of public humiliation, depression, emotional and psychological pain. "It was really very embarrassing, but I just didnt know how I could clear my name," Regine disclosed. "For two weeks I just stayed in my room and cried. I never thought something like this could happen to meI couldnt sleep, had falling hair"

Her "knight-in-Hawaiian-shirt" came in the person of Atty. Michael J. Gurfinkel, known as the "Attorney to the Stars" and "Attorney of Last Hope." Atty. Gurfinkel has helped many Filipino celebrities like Christopher de Leon, Michael de Mesa and Gina Alajar in obtaining their green cards, working visas or even their American citizenship. Someone suggested to Regine that she also get the professional advice and help of Atty. Gurfinkel.

With a lot of hard work and research, Atty. Gurfinkel was able to convince the US Embassy in Manila that Regine was not guilty of "alien smuggling" and had no control over the plans of her producer or any member of her entourage. …

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