Laura L. Ramos - Senior Paralegal
Both of my parents and I were born in Mexico. When I was four (4) years old, my mother decided to leave her career as a Registered Nurse in Mexico to bring me to the U.S. My parents believed that bringing me to make better opportunities available to me would far outweigh the benefits of my mom maintaining her own career. Like her, many families make the same decision to leave their homes, families, and some even their careers, every single day, in search of something better. Unfortunately, the U.S. immigration system is very complex and can at times seem unfair, making it difficult. Having gone through the process myself, I have a personal understanding of what it’s like to have to go through the process. When clients come to the office and sit down with me, I can honestly tell them that I know exactly what they are feeling whether they are feeling overwhelmed, afraid, and unsure of what their future holds because at one point my parents and I felt the same way. The process in and of itself is complex but when you feel that no one around you understands you it becomes even more daunting. I was raised in a small town in southeast Arkansas where one person once mentioned to me that they didn’t understand what the big deal was in needing a visa if all you had to do was go to the bank and apply for one. I just stared at him and ultimately said, “it's not that kind of visa.” He had no clue. He had good intentions but was completely clueless and that’s what we had to work with. Thankfully, we got past that and today, I am U.S. Citizen and I am honored and proud to help others navigate that same system so that they too can fulfill their personal and professional goals.How is your background helpful to you in your job?
My parents always tell me to remember where I came from, remain humble, and use my education and abilities to help those around me. I love that I can do that in this job. Upon graduation from Texas State with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and a minor in Political Science I began working at the corporate level for a fortune 500 company. At that age, I was regarded as lucky for landing such a great job but for me, it wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted to be able to help people more closely. I had always been intrigued by all of the different cultures that surround us and the politics that comes with such diversity. So, when it came time to decide what I was doing next, I decided to pursue my Master’s in Legal Studies. My educational knowledge coupled with my personal experiences gives me the ability to connect and better assist clients with their cases.What is your professional philosophy?
In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt, “far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”Why the drive to work?
I was raised to always be independent and self-sufficient. My parents gave up their lives as they knew them and their careers to bring me to the U.S. They did so to give me what they hoped would be better opportunities to be able to become the best version of myself personally and professionally, the least I can do is work to prove that their sacrifice wasn’t in vain.What is your favorite thing about immigration law?
I get great satisfaction knowing that we are able to help families remain united by helping them navigate such a complex system. However, not only are we helping families remain united, we are also helping people achieve their own personal and professional goals that they would otherwise probably not be able to reach.