Discussions between Democrats and Republicans in the US over the coming six months will determine the potential for successful reform of US immigration system, and the possibility of addressing the issue of undocumented Irish,
members of the Oireachtas were told this week. A briefing provided by Congressman Bruce Morrison outlined the challenges with lie ahead and the potential for progress on both the long term issue of the legalising the undocumented Irish, and the possibility of introducing a Visa for those who wish to legally access work opportunities in the US.
Local TD, Denis Naughten, who attended the briefing, said “it’s clear that the current bipartisan discussions between Senators Schumer and Graham are crucial to developing a strategy for immigration reform that could be successfully progressed through both Houses of the US Congress.”
“In the interim there is a possibility that an E-3 Visa for those who wish to emigrate and access work in the States may get the approval of the US Senate before the New Year. Such movements, while not solving the issue for the undocumented Irish, would be a stepping stone towards a comprehensive solution to the on-going issue.”
“Members of the Dáil and Seanad agreed to establish a working group to liaise with our counterparts in Northern Ireland and the US to progress the campaign over the coming months” concluded Denis Naughten.