As most people do at the end of the year, I like to reflect on all of the things accomplished. 2014 brought a new member to the Klinke Immigration family; interesting, challenging cases; memorable trips; and changes to immigration policy.
Alina Luna joined the firm in March 2014. She began as a part-time receptionist but has quickly risen to become a full-time Administrative Assistant. Her friendly smile and warm personality greets each person who contacts our office.
Rosa Medina remains our steadfast and amazing Senior Paralegal. Her professionalism and attention to detail are second-to-none. Klinke Immigration is a small firm, but we have an excellent team in place to face any new challenge.
We have met these new challenges head-on and have thrived. We had our first same-sex marriage adjustment of status case approved in Atlanta; we had our first asylum case granted; we had our first I-601A waiver granted and immigrant visa successfully processed; we had our first special immigrant juvenile case won; we also had our first DACA renewal granted.
We were lucky to work on our traditional cases, as well.
Although the U visa cap was reached before it even began, we filed many strong cases that will hopefully lead to deferred action, U status, and eventually green cards.
We have also had several successful VAWA adjudications – allowing victims of domestic violence to emerge from the shadows and live an independent life, free of fear of deportation.
We are also happy to have worked with a variety of couples who married across cultures and borders and are now able to stay together in the United States.
I stayed busy, too. I was honored to present at a variety of conferences around the country – from DC to Boston to Denver to Jekyll Island. I mostly spoke about domestic violence and immigration, though I also presented on same-sex immigration issues and the Child Status Protection Act.
In November, we saw the President take executive action on immigration. We’re still learning the details, but we are cautiously optimistic that families will be able to stay together. Announcements should be coming soon regarding how these new policies will be implemented.
Looking back at 2014, there’s much to be proud of – but even more to look forward to!