Ruby Powers

The child of a Mexican immigrant, Powers gravitated toward an international life by later marrying a Turkish immigrant. Having lived and studied in Belgium, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, Powers speaks Spanish, French, and a hint of Turkish. With a passion for service and justice coupled with cultural understanding and an interest for immigrants, Powers dedicates her law practice to immigration law.

Obama: ‘This is the moment’ to get immigration reform done

Obama: ‘This is the moment’ to get immigration reform done By Carrie Dann, NBC News President Barack Obama tried to refocus attention on the incomplete comprehensive immigration reform push Thursday, saying that “this is the moment we should be able to finally get the job done.” “Let’s not wait,” Obama said during a statement at …

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Update from the NBC on Provisional Waivers – October 1, 2013

As the NBC staff soon realized, this broad application of the “reason to believe” standard has led to a high denial rate.  Given this development, Mr. Blackwood announced that, as of six weeks ago, NBC stopped issuing any “reason to believe” denials and is suspending adjudication of cases where this issue is present while USCIS …

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Notes from American Immigration Lawyers Association September 27, 2013 Conference in Austin, Texas

Hot Topics from American Immigration Lawyers Association Fall  Conference in Austin, Texas, September 27, 2013 by Immigration Attorney, Ruby L. Powers, Houston, Texas – We are all working and hoping for comprehensive immigration reform this Fall 2013 because if we get much beyond Spring 2014, our window for reform might be over. AILA and local chapters are …

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Immigration advocates claim ” resounding win” in quiet August

Originally Published: The Hill, September 2, 2013 Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform are claiming victory in the August recess. Their argument? They won because they didn’t lose. With legislation stalled in the Republican-controlled House, the push to overhaul the immigration system has not dominated the national headlines or evening news during the four weeks that …

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Growing Number of Republicans for Immigration Change

Originally Published: September 2, 2013, Associated Press WASHINGTON — As Congress wrestles with immigration legislation, a central question is whether the 11 million immigrants already in the United States illegally should get a path to citizenship. The answer from a small but growing number of House Republicans is “yes,” just as long as it’s not …

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Immigration Advocates vow big Washington rallies to press reform

Originally Published, The Hill, September 2, 2013 The shift in tactics comes as some leaders in the movement are voicing frustration that the more narrowly tailored activities used during the August recess have failed to maximize pressure on House Republican leaders to take up immigration legislation. “I say that one of the problems we have …

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Path Toward Citizenship or Legalization

Originally Published: The Hill’s Congress Blog, August 30, 2013 Controversy over a path toward citizenship is the most important roadblock to immigration reform. Many conservatives oppose a path to citizenship because it’s unfair to reward law breakers with citizenship.  Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Ida.) said, “People that came here illegally knowingly – I don’t think they …

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Labor Day Celebrations Should Also Pay Tribute to Immigrant Workers

Originally Published: Immigration Impact, August 30, 2013 Americans are observing Labor Day, which pays tribute to the many contributions and achievements of American workers. As celebrations are underway, the holiday offers an opportune moment to reflect on the very concept of American workers. In other words, who is an American worker? Where do immigrants—who contribute …

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Speaking Up for the Voiceless Among Us – Texas Civil Rights Project

Originally Published by James C Harrington, TCRP Director For Americans, Labor Day is that end-of-summer holiday which wraps up vacation time and ushers in the school year. We don’t remind ourselves that unions originated Labor Day in 1882 to pay tribute to workers, mostly immigrants, who were in the throes of organizing against an economic …

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White House Official Says Immigration Reform Vote Not Likely Until October

Originally Published: Fox News, August 28, 2013 The Obama administration’s domestic policy director urged supporters of comprehensive immigration reform on Wednesday to do as the civil rights leaders of the 1960s did – not let opponents defeat them. Cecilia Muñoz, one of the most senior Latino officials in the White House, linked the 50th anniversary …

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