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Tyrone ex-pats hope for end to US limbo -Mc Elduff

29 May, 2006


West Tyrone Barry Mc Elduff says that with many Tyrone ex-pats and their
families eagerly awaiting the outcome of the campaign to win legal status
for the estimated 40,000 plus undocumented Irish Living un the USA, Sinn
Féin President Gerry Adams MP has been in touch with the offices of senior
US Congressional and Senate leaders lobbying them to keep up the pressure to
successfully resolve the issue.

Barry Mc Elduff said,

"With decisions pending on this important issue many Tyrone ex-pats and their families back home will be hoping that an end is in sight to the limbo status that many people have found themselves in.

"Many ex-pats have not been able to return to Ireland, even for the funerals of relatives, for fear of not getting back into the US. I have met many of these people myself during political engagements in New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco and heard at first hand the awful dilemmas that they have faced.

"The campaign to secure legal status for the estimated 40,000 plus undocumented Irish living and working in the USA has garnered massive support both here in Ireland and the US and Sinn Féin has fully supported this campaign.

"Last week, Gerry Adams was in touch with Senators Ted Kennedy and John
McCain and Congress members Jim Walsh and Richard Neal urging them to keep
up the pressure to successfully resolve the issue in the short time that
remains. 


"Gerry Adams has also spoken to Grant Lally, the President of the Irish
Lobby for Immigration Reform, to assure him Sinn Féin's ongoing support and
political assistance."  ENDS

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