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US Senate undocumented Irish vote a setback immigration reform

8 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan has joined with Leinster House colleague Séan Crowe TD in expressing disappointment at the failure of the US Senate to pass a crucial Bill that planned to reform immigration laws to allow most undocumented immigrants, including thousands of Irish people, to remain in the US legally.

Cathal Boylan yesterday hosted a Stormont event highlighting the issue. Speaking after the event Mr Boylan said:

"This is an issue that affects people right across Ireland who have family members living and working in America and who have suffered from years due to the restrictions of non-recognition.

"There is an important role for politicians on this side of the Atlantic in continuing to support this campaign by sending a clear message to American that we need compromise to allow the many Irish people living and working in America to have their contributions properly recognised and their status formalised. While this vote in the US Senate is a setback we need to redouble our efforts to support this campaign here in Ireland.

"The Irish community, and indeed many other immigrant groups, makes a huge contribution not just to the American economy but to the social and cultural life of American society. This contribution should be formally and legally recognised." ENDS

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