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.

Born in the USA—But Does that Guarantee Citizenship?

Born in the USA—But Does that Guarantee Citizenship? By Martha J. Heil American Bar Association Aug. 4, 2011 This article discusses the hot topic of the 14th Amendment. TORONTO — Does the 14th Amendment provide that children born in this country automatically become citizens? And if it doesn’t, should we fix it? A debate on …

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Tips on creating a paperless office—it is possible!

I came across this article  (July 2011) with the ABA about going paperless. It is a summary of another blog and article about going paperless by  Margaret (Molly) DiBianca: “The paperless office is not a myth,” says Margaret (Molly) DiBianca, who practices labor and employment law at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, in Wilmington, …

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A soldier’s final gift: Parents’ citizenship

A soldier’s final gift: Parents’ citizenship By Kurt Streeter August 6, 2011 At a bittersweet naturalization ceremony for Ryan Hizon’s mother and father, a magistrate judge finds a lesson in the opportunities and the responsibilities of citizenship. Such a sad but true story. I currently have a US citizen client serving in Iraq and his foreign-born wife …

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How to the choose the right immigration attorney for you

Finding the right immigration attorney can be a challenge and you need to make sure that you find the right one to entrust your important immigration matters to his/her expertise.  Here are a few things to consider in making the right choice:   1. Find an immigration attorney who practices only immigration law (or predominantly immigration law) …

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More Fear and Loathing from the House Judiciary Committee

More Fear and Loathing from the House Judiciary Committee July 13, 2011 “Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up two immigration bills that supposedly address community safety, but in reality are simply the latest attempts to restrict immigration and limit due process for immigrants. Neither Chairman Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) …

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Computer glitch costs US visa lottery jackpot for 20,000

Computer glitch costs US visa lottery jackpot for 20,000 By Matthew Lee May 13, 2011 For a few joyful days, more than 20,000 people around the world thought they literally had hit the lottery and won a chance to come and live legally in the United States. Oops, the State Department said Friday, we had …

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House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement:

  January 26, 2011   Washington D.C. – Today, the newly named House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement held its first hearing of the new session entitled, "ICE Worksite Enforcement – Up to the Job?" The name change seems to be a signal that Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Subcommittee Chairman Elton Gallegly will focus on enforcement, …

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President Obama Puts Immigration Reform Back on the Table

May 10, 2011 Washington, D.C. – Today, President Obama offered his most concrete articulation of a new way forward for resolving our broken immigration system. Echoing and expanding upon the concepts of innovation, entrepreneurship, and the American Dream, the President invited the American public to join him in pressing Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.    Benjamin Johnson, …

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