Irish American leaders from across the United States traveled to Washington for a hugely successful lobby day.

The group, consisting of 50 delegates from fifteen key states, met with GOP members of the House to urge immediate action on Immigration Reform. The Irish delegates focused their meetings on GOP House members from Virginia, New Jersey, New York, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Nebraska, Washington State, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California and Texas. The Irish American leaders called on Republican representatives from their home districts to support immigration reform. The leaders detailed the number of Irish American voters in each district of the House members they visited.

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ILIR Lobby Day in DC

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Now that the New Year is well under way, media coverage of immigration is picking up so we will be posting articles that we spot that we think are worth sharing. Check back regularly to read the latest.

Obama to Dems: Boehner will pass immigration reform in 2014

As members of Congress prepare to go back to work next week, Irish Americans have been working to persuade them to pass Immigration Reform. ILIR President Ciaran Staunton explains the backdrop to the current immigration crisis in this piece from RTE Radio in Ireland.

He discusses the problems faced by the Irish since the 1965 Immigration Act – an Act that the late Senator Edward Kennedy described as having negative and unintended consequences for the Irish then, and now, some 50 years later.

Staunton says the current immigration reform efforts would end the 50 years of No Irish Need Apply that arose from that act.

Listen to the clip here: http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=9%3A20427383%3A0%3A%3A

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The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform strongly welcomes the Senate vote in favor of S.744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

The bill, which passed 68-32, includes two very important provisions for the  Irish community:

  • The bill will put the Irish undocumented on a path to legalization.

  • The second will allow for a  10,500 renewable E-3 visas annually for people  from the island of Ireland.

The immigration debate now moves to the House of Representatives where ILIR President Ciaran Staunton met with Paul Ryan (WI-R) last week.

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Speaking after the vote from Capitol Hill, ILIR president Ciaran Staunton (pictured with Ryan, center, and Irish senator Mark Daly) said: “This is the best opportunity in 50 years for Irish America to open a door that has been closed.”

“It is also the golden opportunity for our 50,000 undocumented to get started  on their pathway to citizenship.”

“Now is the time for Irish Americans across the country to call their member of Congress and urge support for the immigration bill.”

The ILIR  will ratchet up lobbying with all members of Congress and plans to organize phone banks for Irish Americans across the U.S.

Real chance for the Irish

“We do not intend the Irish to get left out on the cutting room floor again,” says Staunton.

“This bill provides for the first time in years a real chance for the Irish undocumented to come out of the shadows and have a better way of life.

“What is needed now is for everybody both in Ireland and the US to use their contacts and get backing from the House for this Bill.”

Mobilize

Staunton is working with all major Irish American groups from coast to coast to mobilize support for the bill.

Over the next few weeks, the ILIR will be holding community meetings in Boston and New York and other cities and details of those  meetings will be posted on Facebook.

“The Irish community can’t let this opportunity slip by. This bill would solve the problems of those who are here undocumented and it would help the ones coming out from Ireland in the future. We have to keep pushing it forward and get it done, once and for all.”

How you can help

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Find your member of Congress http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Phone his or her office

Say: “The Irish American community  wants (your Congress member name) to support immigration reform.”

Please remember to like ILIR on Facebook - this is the quickest and easiest way to keep up to date.

www.legalizetheIrish.org ilir.ny@gmail.com

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