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Sinn Féin solidarity with American 'undocumented'

30 June, 2006

Sinn Féin Vice President, Pat Doherty MP and Dublin TD Sean Crowe are in New York to stand shoulder to shoulder with the estimated 40,000 'undocumented' Irish people living in the USA at a mass rally.

Speaking from America Pat Doherty said:

"Sinn Féin has been in touch with senior US Congressional and Senate leaders, including Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain and Congress members Jim Walsh and Richard Neal to ask them to continue with their efforts to resolve the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United States.

"We have given the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, our support in the campaign to win legal status for the estimated 40,000 plus undocumented Irish living and working in the USA.

"Sinn Féin is here to do what we can to support the campaign of the undocumented Irish. undocumented living and working here in the USA.

"There are key decisions on the future of undocumented immigrants in the USA that will be taken soon that will have profound implications for the tens of thousands of Irish living and working in the US who have no legal status.

"The situation for the undocumented Irish in the US has been a cause for continual concern for Sinn Féin, particularly the 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." ENDS

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