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Taoiseach must engage with US Presidential candidates on undocumented Irish - Doherty

8 July, 2008 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking in the Seanad today Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty said there has been an intensification of arrests, incarcerations and deportations of Irish people in the United States over the last few months. Senator Doherty called on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs to engage with the American Presidential candidates Senators McCain and Obama on this issue.

He said, "In recent months, there has been an intensification of the imprisonment of undocumented Irish in the United States and of deporting them back to this island. Three people from my county are awaiting deportation for the past couple of months.

"A young 27 year old man has been in a correction centre for a number of weeks and is awaiting deportation to Ireland. Another young lad from my constituency was held in a prison for more than a month.

"I call on the Taoiseach and Minister for Foreign Affairs to engage with the political parties in the United States and particularly the two presidential candidates, Senator McCain, who has sponsored US immigration legislation, and Senator Obama.

"The Spanish league has already engaged with the two candidates. I ask that the Taoiseach, along with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, use his trip to the Untied States this July to deal with this issue as effectively and speedily as possible." ENDS

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