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Crowe urges support for undocumented Irish

18 May, 2006

Sinn Féin Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe has urged Families and Friends of undocumented Irish people in the USA to support the "Irish Voices" campaign to sway US political opinion for undocumented Irish. The campaign was launched today and aims to collect real life stories of the undocumented and their families and friends who live an under constant threat of being deported.

Speaking after attending the launch of the campaign Deputy Crowe said, "The situation for the approximately 50,000 undocumented Irish in the US has been a cause for continual concern for Sinn Féin. Our concerns centre around the vulnerability of such a large group of isolated Irish people and in particular their inability to return home for visits, holidays, weddings or even funerals due to a fear of not been allowed back into America where they have built their lives

"On behalf of Sinn Féin I would like to welcome this new campaign and I would urge as many people as possible to come forward with their stories of the undocumented and their families and friends. I would also urge all those living in the US to step up their support the Irish Lobby for Immigration reform, to lobby their local Congressmen and Senators to sway US political opinion in favour of the undocumented Irish." ENDS

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