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Taking undocumented immigrants out of the shadows a positive step - Ó Clochartaigh

21 November, 2014

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on the Diaspora has given a cautious welcome to President Obama’s announcement regarding undocumented immigrants in the US.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“Taking undocumented immigrants out of the shadows is a step in the right direction.

“However it is unclear how many Irish people will actually benefit from the new measures.

“Like all immigrants the undocumented Irish in America are not a homogenous group.

“Some people have been in the US for over twenty years and are settled with families and American born children.

“On the other hand, there are people who left Ireland as a result of the recent crash and it remains to be seen how and if they will benefit from the new measures.   

“Nonetheless Sinn Féin will continue to work on this issue with members of Congress in an effort to secure full recognition for all undocumented Irish people in the US.”

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