USA Irish Visa Reform under attack from anti-immigrant group

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
Newry and Mourne  Sinn Féin Councillor Pat McGinn, commenting on the ongoing discussions at Capitol Hill, said that the progress in the E3 US work Visa Reform which would see 10,500 Irish workers granted renewable Visa was positive and welcome. “This no doubt is welcome news, although for those classed as Undocumented, it at this stage will offer little else but hope. However, those involved in the lobby for Emigration Reform in the USA told me at the weekend that they had a constructive meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny last week in during his visit to America.”   McGinn added, “Hopefully we will see a united lobby here in Ireland so that a pathway to legalisation for tens of thousands of Irish people in America will finally be obtained. The, Numbers USA, the anti-immigrant group, has mobilized to stop the Irish E3 visa bill passing through the senate. The organization sent an email to its one million plus membership on Thursday targeting the Irish visa bill. Their actions came after both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald reported that Senator Scott Brown had stated that he was close to getting the Irish visa bill through the senate. Hopefully this group’s late attack will not influence the outcome.”
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