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Sinn Féin write to US Presidential hopefuls urging support for ‘Undocumented’ Irish

23 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has written to all the candidates in the race for the Presidency of the United States of America, urging them to support the 'Path to new Citizenship' for an estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish presently living there.

Mr Boylan said:

"I have written to candidates from both the Republican and Democrat parties asking for their support in helping the estimated 50,000 of 'Undocumented' Irish citizens living and working in the United States, in their efforts to gain recognition and status which would allow them to live normal lives.

"These thousands of Irish émigrés in America, who despite having made a positive contribution to US society, yet find themselves classed as felons.

"I have urged all of the candidates in this Presidential Election year, to raise the case for these hard working, law abiding Irish people to be brought into the fold of US life in a complete way, allowing them to be given an amnesty which would enable them to travel freely between their homeland and the USA without fear or penalty."

The MLA has been involved in highlighting the issue of the undocumented and added the he hopes that the issue continues to feature highly in candidates Presidential debates and proposed strategies.

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