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Crowe highlights undocumented Irish

17 March, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Speaking this afternoon in advance of the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Sinn Féin’s TD for Dublin South West Sean Crowe said he was hopeful that the Obama administration would review the US immigration policies and has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to raise the issue directly with President Obama during his visit to the US this week. Deputy Crowe was previously part of an All Party Dáil delegation that lobbied Capital Hill, Congress and Presidential election runners.

Seán Crowe said:

“I am hopeful that the Obama administration will review the existing immigration policies regarding undocumented persons in the United States.

“This number of undocumented includes a large number of Irish –born. Like all undocumented persons of all nationalities, their lives are uncertain, living in the shadows with their families, under precarious and sometimes dangerous circumstances.

“It would be to the huge benefit of the US as well as the undocumented individuals to regulate their status so that they become even greater contributors to the American system. The Irish undocumented are no burden on the state and contribute economically, socially, culturally to the American way of life.

"The present immigration system, if introduced in the past, would have meant that many leading Irish/American and even former President's would not have been eligible for office.

"The Obama administration need to urgently address this issue. They need to be creative on the issue of legalising the Irish and introduce a pathway to citizenship for all our undocumented.

“I am calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to raise the important issue of the undocumented Irish directly with President Obama and build on the goodwill evident today on his St. Patrick’s Day trip to the United States .” ENDS

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