Rogers questions commitment to undocumented Irish in USA

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South Down SDLP MLA Sean Rogers has expressed his disappointment at the failure of First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to reply to a written question he tabled on the 25th April 2012.

Speaking to Newry Times, Rogers said, “Since taking up political office I have taken a special interest in the plight of the undocumented Irish living in the United States. Many of those caught up in the immigration debacle come from my own South Down constituency and a considerable number are originally from the border areas north and south.

“When the First and Deputy First Minister returned from their visit to America in March of this year I asked them for an update in relation to any meetings they had with elected US representatives on the issue of the ‘undocumented’ Irish and to provide me with the names of those whom they met and where they met them.”

Rogers continued, “My questions were tabled more than two months ago and I still await a reply. As one who is committed to working for the undocumented Irish and their families here at home I do not consider the attitude of Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness to be satisfactory. I am becoming a little suspicious that the issue was not raised by the DUP or Sinn Fein representatives whilst they were in America. If my fears are eventually confirmed I know that many young Irish people in the United States and their concerned families at home will be more than disappointed.”

“Answer or no answer I and the SDLP will continue to lobby on behalf of our ‘undocumented’ young families and individuals in the United States until the matter is satisfactorily resolved,” he added.


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