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Government must fund Irish Organisations throughout the United States to help the 50,000 Undocumented Irish following President Obama’s executive order on Immigration” Senator Mark Daly Spokesperson in the Senate for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora

Senator Mark Daly Spokesperson in the Senate for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora has called on the Government to fund Irish Organisations throughout the United States to help the 50,000 Undocumented Irish following President Obama’s executive order on Immigration Reform

Senator Daly commented “There are many brilliant organisations throughout the United States especially in cities with a large Irish population such as the ILIR (Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform) Irish Pastoral Centers in Boston, San Francisco and Chicago and the Aisling Center in New York. These organisation are dealing with countless queries from the Irish community. Their work load has increased enormously in the past few days but this will only increase further in the coming weeks and months as many of the 50,000 undocumented prepare to come out of the shadows and work with the US authorities to become legal.

President Obama himself referenced these people in his speech last night, saying “there are Irish in Chicago who do not have their papers in order”, I am calling on the Irish government to provide the essential funding these Irish Organisation will need to help many in the Irish community get their papers in order.

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Senator Mark Daly a long time advocate for the Irish undocumented in the Irish parliament and senate welcomed the news for Immigration Reform

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Travel to Ireland a key issue for Irish who qualify under Obama plan

Whether Irish undocumented who qualify for new work visas under Obama’s executive order will be able to travel to Ireland is still unclear.

The background briefing paper refers to hardship cases involving family emergencies which would involve travel back to country of origin.

The White House briefing statement says “Ensuring that individuals with lawful status can travel to their countries of origin. DHS(Department of Homeland Security) will clarify its guidance to provide greater assurance to individuals with a pending LPR (Lawful permanent residence) application or certain temporary status permission to travel abroad with advance permission (“parole”).

Irish organizations will anxiously await clarification on this background note.

Under current law an undocumented person is hit with a three or ten year ban if they travel back and reapply to come to the US

That seems to be about to change. “We expect to see some expansion of who benefits from the waiver of the three- and 10-year bar,” one senior administration official said.

That appears to imply that discretion can be used as is currently the case in at least one US consulate in Mexico when dealing with agricultural workers where the 3 and ten year bars are not imposed.

But whether the new working visa can also function as a travel document remains an issue to be explained further by the Obama administration.

Ciaran Staunton of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform welcomed the new proposals while expressing concern that immigrants without children are not included in the plan.

“This is a good day but we need to ensure that we continue to fight for those excluded and get clarity on issues such as travel,” he said.

The Irish government has welcomed President Obama’s executive action to give legal working papers to undocumented who have lived in the US at least five years and have American-born children.

Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan stated: “Today represents real progress, albeit with further important steps yet to be achieved. [The Government’s efforts] have been reflected in an outcome that should make a difference to thousands of our undocumented citizens there.

“At the same time, the Government will not become in any way complacent. Some will not benefit from these new arrangements and we will continue to make the case on their behalf.

“In terms of next steps, it is clear to me that on immigration reform, as President Obama himself has indicated, there is no substitute for legislative action by Congress,” the Minister said.

Speaking from Australia, Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan said: “I visited the US during the last fortnight and I was able to engage directly with many of our undocumented and hear how difficult their situations currently are.

“Hopefully these measures will provide new hope for many of them and their families in their quest to regularize their status.

“There is more work to do, but the changes announced overnight represent a good start.”

Senator Mark Daly a long time advocate for the Irish undocumented in the Irish parliament and senate welcomed the news “This is the most positive news the undocumented Irish have received in years, these steps will allow some of them to finally come out of the shadows and live without the constant fear of deportation. One of the most important things for the Undocumented is the right to come home, many have missed countless Christmases, weddings and very distressingly for many families funerals. I look forward to the further details that will be announced today.

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Senator Mark Daly senate spokesperson for the Irish overseas and the Diaspora has welcomed President Obama’s executive order on Immigration Reform which may allow some of 50,000 Undocumented Irish to come home in times of distress

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Senator Mark Daly Spokesperson in the Senate for the Irish Overseas and the Diaspora and Chairperson of the Ireland America Association has welcomed President Obama’s announcement on Immigration reform last night. The President will today sign his executive order for US immigration Reform.
Senator Daly had previously called on President Obama to include ‘Humanitarian Visas’ in his Executive Order and has welcomed the initial outline by the president which may allow some of the 50,000 undocumented to come home in times of distress.
Senator Daly Commented “This is the most positive news the undocumented Irish have received in years, these steps will allow some of them to finally come out of the shadows and live without the constant fear of deportation. One of the most important things for the undocumented is the right to come home, many have missed countless Christmases, weddings and very distressingly for many families funerals. I look forward to the further details that will be announced today.

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IRISH PASTORAL CENTRE WELCOMES NEWS OF EXECUTIVE ACTION

The Irish Pastoral Centre welcomes the news that President Obama intends fulfilling his promise to grant relief to undocumented immigrants currently residing in the US.  As of November 19th, 2014, reports in the media indicate positive news on an executive action is expected Thursday night at 8pm. According to press reports, such an action could include the following areas of relief:

  • An executive action that proposes to allow many parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents to obtain legal work documents and no longer worry about being discovered, separated from their families and sent away.
  • The White House is also reported to be considering a stricter policy that would limit the benefits to people who have lived in the country for at least 10 years, or about 2.5 million people.  (Some reports have also indicated the relief being granted for those here at least 5 years.)
  • Extending protections to more undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, and to their parents, could affect an additional 1 million or more if they are included in the final plan that the president announces.

We want to remind readers that this is not law yet and what we are reporting is data which has been published in the mainstream media.  Even after we see an executive action, there will be an application process, and it could be months before employment cards are issued to eligible immigrants.  Immigrants are always warned to seek advice before applying for any immigration benefit.

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Senator Mark Daly calls on President Obama to include ‘Humanitarian Visas’ in Executive Order on Immigration Reform to allow 50,000 undocumented Irish Home for Christmas

Senator Mark Daly Spokesperson in the Senate for the Irish Overseas and the Diaspora and Chair of the Ireland America Association has called on President Obama to include ‘Humanitarian Visas’ in his Executive Order on Immigration Reform to allow the 50,000 undocumented Irish Home for Christmas
President Obama plans to sign an executive order to US immigration enforcement that will protect thousands of “undocumented” Irish, from deportation, granting working permits to many of them. The order will be a relaxation of rules allowing parents of US-born children or legal residents, to themselves receive legal status in the country, removing the threat of families being separated.

The Ireland America Association, an All Party Group of TDs and Senators chaired by Senator Daly, through its contacts in the United States Congress and in the White House have requested that the order will facilitate ‘humanitarian visas’ for the 50,000 undocumented Irish as well as the estimated 12 million undocumented people living in the United States.

“These people should be given the opportunity to apply for a ‘humanitarian visa’, this would would allow them to return to the US if they need to travel to their home countries to be with family members in times of distress, illness or bereavement.’

A motion calling on Minister Jimmy Deenihan, the first ever Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora, to exert all diplomatic and political efforts on President Barack Obama in the formulation of the impending Executive Order on Immigration to ensure the provision for a ‘humanitarian visa’ is due to be placed on the Seanad Order Paper next week.

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