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Gerry Adams in contact with senior Congress members about issue of undocumented Irish in the United States

24 May, 2006


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has been in touch with the offices of senior US Congressional and Senate leaders to ask them to continue with their efforts to resolve the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United States. Mr. Adams was in communication with Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain and Congress members Jim Walsh and Richard Neal.

Mr. Adams also spoke to Grant Lally, the President of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, to assure him of Sinn Féin's ongoing support in the campaign to win legal status for the estimated 40,000 plus undocumented Irish living and working in the USA. Mr. Adams said "A senior member of the party will be travelling to the US shortly to do what we can to support the undocumented Irish.

Mr. Adams said:

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

"Last night I was in contact with senior Congressional and Senate leaders to urge them to continue with their efforts to resolve this issue. I also spoke with Grant Lally, the President of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform. And in the near future a senior member of Sinn Féin will travel to the US to do what we can to support the campaign of the undocumented Irish.

"I would also urge all those living in the US to step up their support the Irish Lobby for Immigration reform."ENDS

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