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Undocumented Irish in America – a Sinn Féin Priority

11 October, 2007

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA, who is in America for a week of public engagements, has expressed his support for the efforts of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR).

The ILIR are working hard to find a satisfactory resolution to the concerns of thousands on Irish undocumented working and living in the USA.

At the beginning of the week Mr Adams met Niall O'Dowd and Ciaran Staunton who together lead the ILIR.

Gerry Adams was briefed by them about the current efforts to persuade4 the US government to reform its immigration laws.

Gerry Adams also met with New York Senator Charles Schumer.

Senator Schumer has been a long standing supporter of the Irish Peace Process and of immigration reform to help Irish immigrants.

Senator Schumer spoke at the Friends of Sinn Féin dinner in New York last night. He told the 1000 people packed into the Sheraton Ballroom that he was committed to supporting the Irish in America.

Gerry Adams said:

"The plight of the thousands of Irish undocumented working and living in USA is a priority for Sinn Féin.

"We will continue to raise this issue at every political and governmental level open to us." ENDS

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