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Sinn Féin will pursue full recognition for Irish emigrants in US- Doherty

Published: 21 November, 2014

Speaking today following the announcement by American President Obama of changes in how the US Government deals with undocumented immigrants, Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty said,

"Over the past number of years Sinn Féin has raised the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United States. Their absence is felt in communities and families across Ireland.

I welcome the announcement by President Obama as it will bring relief to some; however I am concerned that the majority of undocumented Irish will not benefit from these limited changes.

Undocumented Irish workers contribute to the US economy and community. This should be recognised and their futures secured. Today is another step in the right direction but there is further to travel.

I am in regular contact with a number of Irish in America and also with Ciaran Staunton who is a leading campaigner for the undocumented Irish.

We in Sinn Féin will continue the lobby and work with the parties in the US Congress, and the recently appointed US ambassador, to ensure full recognition is given to those Irish living and working in the US."