Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform

 

We welcome President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration and we are delighted for those who will soon find themselves in a new legal status.

We intend to lobby hard to ensure that the advance parole conditions for travel to Ireland are as favorable as possible for those who seek it and to also ensure that regulations covering the executive order are easy to navigate and understand. We will also act to ensure that proper legal advice, that does not financially exploit those seeking it, is given.

However, we are very conscious that a large number of individuals will not be able to take advantage of President Obama’s action, in particular those who have lived in America for five years but do not have children (single people with no children, childless couples, LGBT couples with no children etc.).

When we founded the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, it was with the purpose of achieving meaningful reform for all members of our community.

With this in mind, we welcome President Obama’s actions.

The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform will continue to seek reform for those individuals without children and those eligible for sponsorship and investor visas who run the risk of a ten year ban if they return to Ireland to process these visas.

We will also pursue the E3 visa option which is still very much on our agenda and would end the shameful situation where there is essentially a no Irish need apply sign for those wishing to emigrate legally to America.

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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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