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As Hanukkah winds down, Christmas and Kwanzaa approach, and a new year lurks just around the corner, we're taking a moment to reflect on the holiday season, the year which is about to end, and the new year ahead.

At this time of year, movies, music, advertisements and other media extol the traditional themes of the holiday season: peace, love, family unity, generosity, selflessness.  From our vantage point, those same qualities and values underlie the entire immigration process.  Every single day, we see families struggling to stay together as the result of outdated, often oppressive rules.  We see parents sacrificing to give their children the gift of living in a nation which knows stable peace and provides incomparable opportunity.  We see communities unite to try to help their friends, family, and neighbors stand up for themselves in all-too-often unsympathetic system.

Those struggles motivate us to be the best advocates we can possibly be.  To take up the good fight on behalf of deserving people who want what we all want: to live, work, provide, contribute, and, maybe, when it's all said and done, get ahead.  In 2014, we experienced a number of satisfying triumphs.  We helped same-sex couples navigate a newly-available immigration process.  We kept families together.  We assisted newly-married couples as they started their lives together.  We stood by as many of our friends took the oath of naturalization, becoming U.S. citizens.  We advised international students so that they might continue their education and contribute their skills and knowledge to the U.S. economy.  Of course, we also saw our share of heartache, and we're very much thinking about our clients who are spending Christmas apart from their loved ones.  Some of them will make their way back before next Christmas.  Others may not.

Thanks to President Obama's decisive Executive Action on immigration, 2015 promises to be a year of great opportunity for millions of worthy beneficiaries.  We are privileged to play a role in helping many people take advantage of this long-awaited opportunity.

Thank you for following our work.  And, from our family to yours, we wish you a most joyous holiday season, full of all the peace, love, and hope which you richly deserve.

Warmest regards,

Ron Abramson, and the rest of the team at Abramson IMMIGRATION+ SOLUTIONS