Adams on Capitol Hill
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is in Washington for St. Patrick’s Day on the fifth day of a six day visit to the USA.
This morning the Sinn Féin leader met a 14 person Congressional delegation hosted by Congressman Richard Neal, who is Chair of the Friends of Ireland Committee.
Later he will attend the Speakers lunch and this evening he will go to the St. Patrick’s Day White House celebration hosted by President Obama.
At his meeting this morning with the congressional delegation Mr. Adams thanked Congressman Neal and his colleagues for their “unwavering support for the peace process in Ireland and their recent support for the transfer of powers on policing and justice.”
The Sinn Féin leader briefed the congress members on the current political situation post the Hillsborough Agreement.
Mr. Adams reminded them that Sinn Féin’s primary goal is a United Ireland and he asked them to row in behind the growing efforts in the USA to discuss and raise this issue.
Mr. Adams also raised with them the plight of the undocumented Irish.
“There are some tens of thousands of undocumented Irish in the USA and they live every day with the fear of that they can be arrested and returned to Ireland despite having lived here for many years, have jobs, pay taxes and have families. He urged the congress members to support efforts to change the immigration law to provide a visa for the undocumented.”