Hopes of undocumented Irish raised after Obama support for bill

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Newry and Mourne Sinn Fein Councillor Pat McGinn has said that President Obama’s seal of approval to a broad immigration reform package has given cause for great hope for many thousands of Undocumented Irish living in the USA and currently branded as illegal immigrants. Speaking to Newry Times, McGinn said he shared the satisfaction by many of those individuals and groups who over the years have lobbied for comprehensive immigration reform that the issue is once again on the political radar. “Ciaran Staunton, President of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) commenting on the recent news stated that it was essential to ensure that there is a future flow of visas for the Irish, who were badly disadvantaged by the 1965 Immigration Act. “That is a sentiment I endorse completely and I will continue to highlight the issue where possible,” said the Councillor who has been actively involved in the Undocumented Irish issue for many years. McGinn added, “I have had many calls from both America, and families here at home seeking clarification on what is being rolled out. We have been advised to take things slowly as the information in relation to the proposals is analyzed. Whilst there is optimism, there also has to be caution.”
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