As another year comes to a close, I naturally begin to reflect back on the events of 2015: the triumphs and defeats; ups and downs; and breakthroughs and obstacles that we must still overcome. The last year was a particularly tumultuous one in the immigration world. From the ongoing litigation over President Obama’s Executive Action announcement to Donald Trump’s highly publicized presidential bid to the influx of Middle Eastern and Central American refugees, immigration remains on the forefront of political debates and a divisive issue among Americans.
As I read the news and represent my clients as they apply, litigate, wait, and advocate to come to – or remain legally in – the United States, I often feel a sense of frustration over the broken parts of our country’s immigration system and towards those who advocate to blindly exclude foreigners from our country. At the same time, however, I feel a strong sense of gratitude. I am grateful to be in a position to advocate for my clients and to fight to extinguish the fear that some Americans feel towards immigrants. But most of all, I am exceptionally grateful for the opportunity to work with strong and courageous clients, to know them and their stories personally, and to play a role in reuniting them with their families and helping them realize their dreams.
We will continue to hope for immigration reform in 2016 and are honored to continue advocating for the rights of all immigrants over the next year. Happy New Year from the Joseph Law Firm!
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