The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform supports proposals which will mean comprehensive and fair immigration reform for all with the right balance between access and enforcement, and the inclusion of proposals for future flow to the United States. We believe that America, as a nation of immigrants, has benefited greatly from proper and legal immigration. We are seeking a fair and equitable system to:
1. Allow those here to regularize their status
2. Ensure long term and sustainable future flow of immigration
3. Encourage a culture of compliance with a fair immigration system
ILR President Ciaran Staunton, Sen John McCain (R-AZ), ILIR Founder Niall O’Dowd, ILR co-founder Kelly Fincham
ILIR President Ciaran Staunton; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); South Carolina AOH leader Jim Lawracy; and ILIR adviser Bruce Morrison.
Irish American leaders from across the U.S. join forces with the ILIR for a meeting on immigration with the White House
The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform is lobbying for changes in immigration law to allow Irish people to legally immigrate to the U.S.
Irish people were disproportionately affected by the 1965 Immigration Act which effectively closed the door to future Irish immigrants.
The late Senator Edward Kennedy, one of the original architects of the 1965 Act admitted that in a 2006 panel on immigration when he said that the Act and subsequent changes “worked in a very dramatic and significant way against the Irish.“