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.

The Obama Administration’s Immigration Announcement is NOT an Amnesty Program!

AILA ANNOUNCEMENT WARNING! Do NOT believe anyone who tells you they can sign you up for a work permit (Employment Authorization Document or “EAD”) or get you legal status based on the Secretary Napolitano’s August 18, 2011 announcement! Anyone who says that is not to be trusted! There is NO “safe” way to turn yourself …

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Did the Obama Administration grant amnesty on June 17?

Did the Obama Administration grant amnesty on June 17?Prepared by American Immigration Lawyers Association On June 17, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a new policy entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion…” clarifying how immigration officials should focus on the agency’s key priorities to pursue criminal immigrants who pose real threats to public safety and national security. …

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Recently Introduced Legislation – Prepared by AILA

  Introduced Legislation  August 1 H.R. 2730- Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act of 2011 (Bass D-CA) Better enables State child welfare agencies to prevent human trafficking of children and serve the needs of children who are victims of human trafficking H.R. 2763 (McDermott D-WA; Ros-Lehtinen R-FL) Extends by two years the …

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DHS Announces Expansion of Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines, Signals Opportunity to Regain Common Sense

August 18, 2011 Washington D.C. – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would put guidelines in place across all immigration agencies to ensure that its enforcement priorities are focused on removing persons who are most dangerous to the country. In a letter to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and other senators who had …

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Dream Act students cheer Obama’s immigration enforcement policy

Dream Act students cheer Obama’s immigration enforcement policy   L.A. NOW SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — THIS JUST IN August 18, 2011 |  2:55 pm The news that the Obama administration was planning to halt virtually all deportations of Dream Act students and possibly their families  drew cheers and applause from several students and immigrant rights activists who gathered at the …

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Man who saved girl says he’s illegal immigrant

Man who saved girl says he’s illegal immigrant Married to U.S. citizen, New Mexico resident becomes poster child in debate By JERI CLAUSING updated 8/19/2011 7:00:53 PM ET ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The man who chased down an alleged child abductor and saved a 6-year-old girl from what could have been a horrible fate will be honored as a hero …

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How to Expedite a Foreign-Filed I-601 Waiver

How to Expedite a Foreign-Filed I-601 Waiver   If you desire to submit an expedite request, the types of extraordinary circumstances that may, generally, merit expedited processing of a Form I‑601 are those in which there are time-sensitive and compelling situations that necessitate the applicant’s presence in the United States sooner than would be possible …

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Secretary Napolitano Announces Initiatives to Promote Startup Enterprises and Spur Job Creation

Secretary Napolitano Announces Initiatives to Promote Startup Enterprises and Spur Job Creation Release Date: August 2, 2011 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas today outlined a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts to fuel …

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INADMISSIBILITY AND DEPORTABILITY GROUNDS

1)      Difference between “Inadmissibility” and “Deportability”   Inadmissibility   Law: INA §212(a). Regs: 8 U.S.C. §1182(a) Interpreted more “broadly” Burden of proof on the foreign national (“clearly and beyond any doubt admissible”) Becomes relevant when the foreign national is seeking “Admission” (at a Port of Entry, application for a visa at the consulate, AOS, COS, …

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IMMIGRATION RELATED AGENCIES

  1)      US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)   Homeland Security combines the resources of several federal, state and local agencies into a single, integrated agency focused on protecting the American people and their homeland. More than 87,000 different governmental departments at the federal, state, and local level have homeland security responsibilities.   US Citizenship …

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