Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora, Seán Crowe TD, has stated on his return from Capitol Hill in Washington that the potential for realistic immigration reform legislation, that would facilitate the majority of the ‘undocumented’ Irish citizens is real and possible if the political will that exists is encouraged and nurtured. The Dublin South West Deputy said that ‘a window of opportunity may open up between November and December that could lead to a series of Bills that will deal with immigration reform exists and that we are now facing a historic opportunity for immigration reform being passed in the New Year.
Crowe, was speaking after just returning from an all-party Oireachtas delegation to the Capital Hill in Washington DC to lobby on immigration reform, called for continued efforts by the Irish government and civil society groups to lobby Republican Congress men and women on immigration reform as those members hold the balance of power in the Congress.
Deputy Seán Crowe said:
“This is a very historic opportunity for immigration reform in the United States and while there have been very high profile problems affecting the US Congress, the potential of this trip has also greatly encouraged us.
“It was important and a key component of the visit that we were able to meet senior and key Republican Congress women and men, and to explain to them the real and serious problems that a lack of immigration reform is causing the 50,000 plus Irish citizens and their families.
“It is also critical that the Irish Government, Irish politicians, and Irish-American civil society groups continue to build up the pressure and momentum that has been placed behind this immigration reform process and that we continue to lobby key Republicans on this issue.
“In my view and that of the delegation made up as it was of members from Sinn Fein, Labour, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, a window of opportunity may open up between November and December that could lead to a series of Bills that will deal with immigration reform exists we are facing a historic opportunity for immigration reform being passed in the New Year that will transform the lives of an estimated 11 million people currently illegal in the United States.
“Collectively we argued for a legalization process that would allow the undocumented stay in the US and a new visa process that would allow a new legal path for Irish citizens seeking for work in the United States.”