19 April 2007 Edition

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Support emigrants in US at Dublin rally

Cllrs Mick Murphy (Co Down), Seán McManus (Sligo), Bernice Swift & Stephen Huggett (Fermanagh) and Michael McMahon (Donegal) with campaigners at the ILIR rally in Dublin

Cllrs Mick Murphy (Co Down), Seán McManus (Sligo), Bernice Swift & Stephen Huggett (Fermanagh) and Michael McMahon (Donegal) with campaigners at the ILIR rally in Dublin

Incoming Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Seán Crowe TD and a number of Sinn Féin councillors from around the country attended last weekend’s rally organised by the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform in Dublin.  McGuinness praised the efforts of the ILIR and pledged Sinn Féin's "full support for the ILIR and its campaign to win legal status for the estimated 40,000 plus undocumented Irish living and working in the USA".
McGuinness said:
"The fear of not being allowed re-enter the US, where many Irish people have made good lives for themselves, has meant that these people have been cut off from their families and their native country. This has caused much hardship for the undocumented Irish and for their families back home in Ireland and has meant visits, holidays, weddings and even funerals in Ireland are out of the question.
"We must remember that the undocumented Irish work very hard and make a powerful contribution to American social life the economy. It is now time for them to be granted citizenship.”

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