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.

Senators Reintroduce the DREAM Act

May 11, 2011  Washington, D.C. – Today, Senators Richard Durbin, Harry Reid, and Robert Menendez re-introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Last fall, the DREAM Act passed the House of Representatives, and garnered the support of a majority in the Senate, but was ultimately defeated when the Senate failed to invoke cloture and proceed …

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Increase in USCIS Filing Fees Goes Into Effect on November 23, 2010

September 26th, 2010 I wrote earlier in the summer about USCIS’ plans and proposed rule to increase certain filing fees.   The final rule was published recently in the Federal Register and the new increased filing fees are set to go into effect on November 23, 2010. Increases (and a few decreases) in USCIS Filing Fees A …

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DREAM Act Coming to the Senate Floor

From Immigration Policy Center: DREAM Act Coming to the Senate Floor Senator Reid to Attach Act to Defense Authorization Bill September 15, 2010 Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he would attach the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to the Department of Defense authorization bill expected …

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How to tell where your application is being processed by the Receipt Number

You can tell by your receipt number where your USCIS applicaiton is being processed: If your receipt number starts with: EAC – It is being processed at the Vermont Service Center WAC – It is being processed at the California Service Center LIN – It is being processed at the Nebraska Service Center SRC – …

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Asylum Denied

Houston Press By Chris Vogel and Patrick Michels Wednesday, Aug 25 2010 Unlike refugees from other troubled countries, only a fraction of Mexicans seeking U.S. asylum are accepted – no matter how horrible their wounds or their stories. “But unlike refugees from other war-torn nations who were living under the violent thumb of drug lords …

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Asylum Denial Rate Reaches All Time Low

Very timely Justice Department data show that Immigration Judges are declining substantially fewer requests for asylum. Denial rates have reached the lowest level in the last quarter of a century according to a new analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). “One factor contributing to the improved success of the asylum seekers is that …

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