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.

Recent developments in Defense of Marriage Act

In Febuary 2011, President Obama declared that the Department of Justice would no longer be defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in certain Courts of Appeals. This radical stance change has had a profound effect on undocumented aliens and foreign nationals in the LGBT community. However, due to certain legal realities, the DoJ has …

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Texans for Immigration Reform Monthly Meeting

2nd Saturday (10m-12:30pm) or Thursday (7-9pm) each month at Tracy Gee Community Center, Houston, TX. Ongoing events from the group, American Border Patrol as seen in “Border Invasion Pics.” There are several home videos taken on the US/Mexico border. According to the website, “All activity shown… is a result of citizen volunteer effort. Detection is …

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Hispanic students vanish from Alabama schools

By JAY REEVES updated 9/30/2011 7:04:01 PM ET BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. ….. Local and state officials are pleading with immigrant families to keep their children enrolled. The law does not ban …

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‘Til 2013 do us part? Mexico mulls 2-year marriage

Reform would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment “Around half of Mexico City marriages end in divorce, usually in the first two years.” This is all very interesting. In a practical way, this could affect US immigration. If this law passes, I would assume that US Immigration/Foreign Affairs Manual would not …

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Snapshot: I-601 Waiver in Juarez, Mexico – Pilot Program – Mexican Pilot Program

The Mexican Pilot Program provides a process for the rapid adjucation of waiver applications by USCIS. The process can be broken down into four distinct steps: 1. Inadmissibility The process begins at the IV consular interview when an alien is deemed inadmissible on awaivable ground by a consular official. The applicant can then schedule a waiver …

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Immigration Enforcement Since 9/11: A Reality Check

September 9, 2011 report In the decade since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were created in the wake of 9/11/01, senior officials in these agencies have repeatedly asserted that their primary enforcement mission was to deport terrorists, persons who threatened the national security and serious criminals from the …

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