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.