Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Irish Overseas and Disapora Senator Mark Daly has called for the Government to help the 50,0000 Undocumented Irish living in the United States, who are in danger of deportation and who face an uncertain future this Christmas
Senator Daly, who is also chair of the Ireland America Association, commented: ‘This issue does not just affect the undocumented, it also affects their parents, siblings and other family members. We estimated that approximately 500,000 people in Ireland are affected by the lack of progress on immigration reform in the United States. I have been consistently calling for the Government to seek a provision whereby people should be given access to a humanitarian visa to allow them to return to Ireland to be with family members in times of distress, illness or bereavement. I will continue to pursue this issue in 2017’.
‘While this issue is of course magnified at Christmas time, given that it a time for year for families to come together, it is essential that this issue remains high on the Government agenda at all times. Moreover, it is imperative that the Irish Government works with the incoming administration and makes a concerted and sustained effort to ensure that there is genuine progress on this issue’.
‘I will continue to raise awareness of this issue and I hope that 2017 will be the year in which we finally secure a satisfactory outcome for the undocumented Irish and their families’.