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Crowe to lobby American politicians on undocumented Irish

27 June, 2006

Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe will travel to Washington tomorrow as part of an Oireachtas delegation to lobby Senators and Congress men and women on the issue of undocumented Irish in the US and the upcoming McCain/Kennedy Bill on immigration reform. It will be Deputy Crowe's second visit to America on this issue and he will join the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform rally on Capitol hill on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking before he left Deputy Crowe said, "The issue of undocumented Irish in the US has been of serious concern for Sinn Féin for some time now. The fear of not being allowed re-enter the US, where many Irish people have made good lives for themselves, has meant that these people have been cut off from their families and their native country. This has caused much hardship for the undocumented Irish and for their families back home in Ireland and has meant visits, holidays, weddings and even funerals in Ireland are out of the question.

"Sinn Féin supports the Kennedy/McCain Bill on immigration reform. This measure, if passed, could have positive and life-changing consequences for undocumented workers living in the United States, hundreds if not thousands of whom are Irish. It creates a pathway towards citizenship and will bring an end to many years of uncertainty and hardship for many thousands of people. I will be lobbying Senators and Congress men and women for their support for this Bill and for its urgent implementation. I will particularly stress the urgency of this issue given the hardship caused to so many people both in the US and at home here in Ireland and in many other countries." ENDS

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