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Government needs to do more to regularise undocumented Irish in US – Ó Clochartaigh

10 July, 2015


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Diaspora, Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, has welcomed proposals aimed at regularising the status of up to 20,000 undocumented working in Ireland, but has stressed the need to do more for the Irish undocumented in the US.

Speaking today the Galway West – South Mayo Senator says:

‘I think it is very positive that recommendations from the Migrants Rights Centre are being considered by the Department of Justice to regularise the situation of migrants, many of whom came here on valid visas, but who subsequently became undocumented.

‘The government could however be doing more on the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United States in particular.

‘Lobbyists on behalf of the undocumented Irish have called on our government to take a more proactive approach with the US administration on this issue.

‘Groups such as the Irish Lobby on Immigration Reform have also called on the government to seek clarification from the US Ambassador in Ireland on the extension of a US Waiver scheme, which is applied to countries such as Mexico, Australia and Norway, to the undocumented Irish.

‘We also need an ongoing diplomatic engagement with US politicians in the run up to the Presidential election to ensure that the undocumented Irish issue is taken on board by politicians from all sides.’

Caithfidh an Rialtas níos mó a dhéanamh maidir le cás na n-imirceach Éireannach gan cáipéisíocht sna Stáit Aontaithe – Ó Clochartaigh

Tá fáilte curtha ag urlabhraí Diaspóra Shinn Féin, an Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, roimh mholtaí chun rialú a dhéanamh ar chás an scór míle imirceach atá in Éirinn gan cáipéisí cuí, ach caithfidh siad níos mó a dhéanamh freisin dó na mílte Éireannaigh atá sna Stáit Aontaithe gan pháipéir chearta.

Ag labhairt do inniú deir Seanadóir Ghaillimh Thiar – Maigh Eo theas:

‘Sílim gur céim dearfach chun cinn atá ann go bhfuil an Roinn Dlí & Comhionannas ag déanamh machnamh ar mholtaí ó Ionad Chearta na n-inimirceach in Éireann (MRCI) chun stádas ceart rialaithe a thabhairt d’inimircigh anseo, go leor acu a tháinig le víosaí cearta ach nach bhfuil cáipéisí bailí acu faoi láthair.  

‘D’fhéadfadh an rialtas a bheith ag déanamh níos mó áfach maidir le cás na n-inimirceach Éireannach neamhrialta thar sáile, sna Stáit Aontaithe ach go h-áirithe.

‘Tá molta ag lucht stocaireachta ar son na nÉireannach neamhrialaithe ar an rialtas cur chuige níos gníomhaí a thógáil le h-údaráis na Stáit Aontaithe ar an gceist seo.

‘Tá iarrtha ag grúpaí ar nós an Stocaireacht Éireannach ar son Athchóiriú Inimirce ar an rialtas soiléiriú a lorg freisin ó Ambasadóir na Stáit Aontaithe in Éireann, ar shíneadh scéim díolúine víosaí na Stáit Aontaithe, a chuirtear i bhfeidhm i dtíortha ar nós Meicsiceo, an Astráil agus an Iorua, a leathnú chuig na hÉireannaigh gan cháipéisí cuí.

'Tá gá freisin le gníomhaíocht leanúnach taidhleoireachta agus muid ag druidim le toghchán uachtaránachta, le polaiteoirí na Stáit Aontaithe, chun cinntiú go mbeidh cás na n-inimirceach Éireannach gan cáipéisí cuí tógtha ar bord ag polaiteoirí ó chuile thaobh.’

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