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Gerry Adams to raise Immigration Reform with US political leaders

15 March, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams in New York this morning met Grant Lally, President of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and Ciaran Staunton one of the ILIR's founders. Also present at the meeting were Donegal County Councillor Pearse Doherty and the party's representative in the US Rita O' Hare.

Speaking afterwards Mr. Adams praised the efforts of the ILIR and pledged Sinn Féin's "full support for the ILIR and its campaign to win legal status for the estimated 40,000 plus undocumented Irish living and working in the USA."

The Sinn Fein leader will be raising this important issue in his meetings with US political leaders in Washington later this week.

Mr. Adams said:

"Key decisions on the future of undocumented immigrants in the USA will be taken shortly. These will have profound impications for the tens of thousands of Irish in the US who have no legal status.

"There are competing and opposite draft Bills being debated in the US Congress and at our recent Ard Fheis Sinn Fein endorsed the McCain/Kennedy Bill as the best way of addressing this issue.

"I will be in Washington for several days this week meeting with senior Congressional and Senate Leaders and this issue will be a priority matter in those discussions."ENDS

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