McGinn urges President Obama to ‘move on immigration reform’
Newry And Mourne Sinn Féin Councillor Pat McGinn commenting on the re-election of President Obama has urged the US President to deliver on comprehensive reform.
Speaking to Newry Times, McGinn said that the President himself has recogonised that the immigration system is broken and needs fixed. “For the majority of people caught up in the nightmare of being classed as an illegal immigrant, there is currently no legal way to apply to become a resident/citizen of the United States.”
“In his election victory speech he highlighted immigration as one of the issues he would address”, said the Councillor who has been a strong advocate for those classed as the ‘undocumented Irish’ living and working in the United States.
He continued, “I, along with all those who are working to highlight and address the plight of the undocumented Irish, am committed to make sure that this is the last generation that has to listen to a family member’s funeral on the telephone. It is our goal that this is the last generation of Irish to be undocumented in America.”
The Sinn Fein elected representative concluded by saying that he would be ensuring that Newry and Mourne Council would write to President Obama congratulating him on his re-election and urging him to commence work on delivering comprehensive reform.
He added, “Many families from throughout this area with sons and daughters living and working in the United States are caught up in the undocumented issue. I will ask the Council to write to President Obama urging him to deliver on immigration reform for not only the Irish but the estimated 12 million people deemed as illegal immigrants.”
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