Sinn Féin leaders to attend Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform Rally
Incoming Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Sean Crowe TD and Cllr Pearse Doherty will attend today's rally organised by the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform in Dublin. Speaking in advance of the rally Mr. McGuinness praised the efforts of the ILIR and pledged Sinn Féin's "full support for the ILIR and its campaign to win legal status for the estimated 40,000 plus undocumented Irish living and working in the USA."
Mr. McGuinness said:
“Regardless of people's politics, the issue of undocumented Irish in America and all the hardships that go with such status has to be resolved in a humane manner. On a recent visit to the US I spoke with Senator Ted Kennedy at length on this matter and it is clear that the issue can be resolved but the political pressure needs to be maintained.
"I would like to congratulate and thank the organisers of today's rally for keeping this issue well and truly on the political landscape.
"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.
"We must remember that the undocumented Irish work very hard and make a powerful contribution to American social life the economy. It is now time for them to be granted citizenship.”ENDS