Immigration reform bill gets Senate approval

July 1, 2013

Newry and Mourne Sinn Fein Councillor Pat Mc Ginn has welcomed the decision by the United States Senate to approve a comprehensive immigration reform bill which could legalise the status of tens of thousands of Irish people living in the US, but warned that the Bill’s future prospects were uncertain in the Republican led House of Representatives, which must now approve the legislation.

Echoing the comments of Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, who said that the approval by the United States Senate  “had the potential to lift fear of discovery and expulsion from undocumented Irish citizens living and working in the USA”, the Councillor commended the efforts of the Irish Immigration lobby which has worked tirelessly for this decision and the US Senators who backed the legislation.

“For many years I have highlighted the issue of the undocumented Irish and the need to create a pathway to citizenship which ensures that all undocumented immigrants have access to their rights,” said Mr McGinn.

“It is hugely important that this legislation has received bi-partisan support in the Senate but now it must go to Congress to clear the final hurdle. They must work together to take the estimated 11 million undocumented which includes many tens of thousands of undocumented Irish out of the shadows and into full citizenship.

“The US Senate has done its job, now it’s up to the House of Representatives to do the same. I would urge all those who have an interest in this issue to take action to ensure that necessary lobbying and practical support is given to those supporting the Bill. I will now ask Newry and Mourne Council to contact all members of the House of Representatives asking them to support the Immigration Reform Bill coming before them.”