Next 3 weeks crucial for up to 50,000 Undocumented Irish and their hundreds of thousands of family members – Daly

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on the Diaspora, Senator Mark Daly has said that the next three weeks are incredibly crucial for the up to 50,000 undocumented Irish citizens currently living in the United States.
Senator Daly was commenting following the US Senate’s decision to fund the US Government, and commitment to seek to address immigration reform as part of larger negotiations.
“The need for agreement in the US on immigration reform, and in particular for young immigrants known as DREAMers has never been so critical.
“Only this week, we learned of a 19 year old Irish man, whose parents brought him to the United States at the age of 12 being threatened with deportation.
“Prior to Christmas, we found out that the number of Irish deported from across the US since the Trump administration took power has risen to 34 from 26.
“I fear that this is only going to get worse unless we see bipartisan agreement between Democrats and Republicans.
“I am aware that Deputy John Deasy, the Government’s Special Envoy is due to depart for the US shortly, but I really do fear that time is running out for the Irish government to have an impact in these negotiations.
“This is an issue of importance to the up to 50,000 undocumented Irish in the US and their hundreds of thousand direct family members’ right across Ireland.
“Fianna Fáil was the first political party to appoint a Spokesperson on the Irish Diaspora, and I am proud of my work, and the work of my party, to bring certainty to these families and to the Irish citizens living in the United States,” concluded Daly.

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