Boylan urges consistency from Kenny on undocumented migrants
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan says Enda Kenny needs to be consistent when it comes to addressing the plight of undocumented immigrants, both in the United States and at home.
Ms Boylan was speaking in advance of the Taoiseach’s meeting this week with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., at which Enda Kenny will, as he told the Friendly Sons of St Patrick on Saturday evening, ‘renew the strong case on behalf of the hard-working, tax-paying Irish people in the United States who for too long now have been living in the shadows, and want nothing more than to continue making their contribution to this great country’.
The Dublin MEP said:
“The Taoiseach going to bat on behalf of some 50,000 undocumented Irish in the United States is to be welcomed. So too is his acknowledgement, after meeting Boston mayor Marty Walsh, that the Irish undocumented cannot be treated as a special case above other nationalities.
“He has to follow through on the logic of his statements, however. There are thousands of hard-working, tax-paying people in Ireland who for too long now have been living in the shadows, and want nothing more than to continue making their contribution to this great country.
“The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), which campaigns for the introduction of a regularisation scheme here, says that 1 in 5 undocumented migrants have lived in Ireland for over 10 years, 89 percent are employed and 1 in 3 have been in the same job for more than five years.
“Undocumented people in Ireland are the same as the Irish undocumented in the United States: they are working, they’re part of the community, they’re paying tax, and they’ve been here a long time.
“Last week, I and six other Irish MEPs wrote to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald urging the Irish Government to introduce a straightforward and transparent regularisation scheme as a sensible, practical and cost-effective way to address this ongoing issue.
“It is what the Irish Government is lobbying for in the United States; introducing it here would have the added benefit of strengthening our representations there.”