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Ruby Powers discusses impact of changes to U.S. asylum law.
BBC Radio | 7/15/19
"Ruby Powers, an immigration attorney quoted by the Chronicle, described the event as a “fear campaign.” If that was the goal, reporting from communities with undocumented members indicates that it probably worked.”
"Con respecto a la tercera excepción, México y Guatemala son parte de esas convenciones y protocolos. Entonces, en efecto, prácticamente evitará a cualquiera que llegue por la frontera poder aplicar por asilo aquí en EEUU", explica Powers a Univision Noticias.
"Ruby Powers, a Houston immigration attorney, called the looming raids a “fear campaign” distracting immigrants, advocates and community organizations from working toward immigration reform.”
"Ruby Powers is an attorney with Powers Law Group PC, a Houston-based immigration law firm. Powers said that preparing for Sunday’s ICE raids is a bit like preparing for a hurricane — there’s a lot of uncertainty about what’s about to happen, but you prepare for the worst.”
In Houston, the immigration court begun issuing dates in 2022, said Ruby Powers, an immigration attorney. "We're getting a bit used to things taking a while and a dose of chaos," Powers said.
Attorney Ruby Powers said about five of her clients had their cases canceled during the shutdown. She was concerned about the trickle-down effect. “It’s extremely ironic and counterintuitive by the administration,” she said. “Deportations are being delayed because of this, but also many people’s lives are on hold.” She said she is most worried about the man seeking asylum for his imperiled family abroad.
Ruby Powers, a Houston-based immigration attorney and member of the Texas chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said that vulnerable populations, including LGBTQ immigrants and families with small children, are the most at risk by remaining in dangerous Mexican border cities, where kidnappings, shootouts and murders by warring drug cartels have become common.
“There’s a lack of ownership of the detainee, thinking they won’t be in their hands very long, moving them along to the next location, and that is where the lack of care can occur,” she said. “I know I’m supposed to be shocked, but knowing everything I know, I’m not shocked.”
“Being detained, being in a fishbowl, being traumatized, not being reunited [with her son], that’s hindering our ability to build the best asylum case that we can,” Powers said.