At the request of Senator Mark Daly the spokesperson for the Irish overseas and the diaspora in the Irish Senate the Foreign Affairs Committee are due to hold a special meeting next week regrading President Obama’s executive Order on immigration. The senator has requested the Minister of State for the Irish overseas and the Diaspora to come before the committee
Senator Mark Daly has called on the Government to provide extra funding to Irish Organisations throughout the United States who will be helping some of those 50,000 Undocumented Irish who qualify under the terms of the President executive order.
Senator Daly commented “There are many brilliant organisations throughout the United States such as the ILIR (Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform) Irish Pastoral Centres in Boston, San Francisco and Chicago and the Aisling Centre in New York. These organisation are dealing with countless queries from the Irish community. Their work load has increased enormously in the past few weeks and this will only increase further in the coming 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 speeches, 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.
Senator Daly will also be pressing the minister of state for the Irish overseas and the diaspora to push the US government for ‘Humanitarian visa’s’ which would allow those not covered by the executive order to travel to Ireland to be with family at time of distress such as a during a bereavement.
“The US state department also need to be engaged with by the Irish Government on the issue of visa waives. The State Department have done this for Mexico and they should do it for Ireland also “