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Taoiseach, practice what you preach on undocumented – Ó Broin

21 March, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to “practice what he preaches on the undocumented” and “provide undocumented migrants in this State with an opportunity regularise their status”.

Speaking in the Dáil today during Order of Business, Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Last week, while in the US for the St. Patricks Day, the Taoiseach lobbied for immigration reform for the undocumented Irish. This is an issue of huge importance to the 50,000 plus undocumented Irish people in the US and their families at home. The Taoiseach has Sinn Féin’s full support in his efforts.

“However, the Taoiseach’s case would have been a lot stronger if he practiced what he preached at home.

“There are an estimated 26,000 undocumented migrants living in this state. Many have been here for years, have children and are working.

“The Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland Justice for the Undocumented campaign has called on the Government to introduce a scheme that would allow migrants the chance to come forward and regularise their situation.

“Today, during Promised Legislation, I called on the Taoiseach to bring forward legislation that will provide undocumented migrants in this State with an opportunity regularise their status. I welcome the Taoiseach’s response that he has tasked Minister Denis Naughten to look at these issues. However, I would like the Taoiseach and Minister Naughten to adopt the same urgency here and they have asked of the current US administration. What’s good for undocumented Irish migrants in the US is surely good enough for undocumented migrants here in Ireland.” 

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