We must make progress on regularising the status of the Undocumented Irish in the US – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Brendan Smith, raised again in Dáil Éireann the issue of the Undocumented Irish in the US with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The local TD said, “In all engagements with US politicians, be it from the President to members of his government or with Members of Congress, we must always emphasise the urgent need to make progress on regularising the status of the Undocumented Irish in the US.

“The best estimate available to the Department of Foreign Affairs is that there are fewer than 10,000 Irish people in such a position. The overwhelming majority of those people are working hard, paying their taxes and contributing to society but, unfortunately, do not have the status they need.

“They do not have residency status or access to visas. I am fully conscious that it will be difficult to have comprehensive immigration reform in the present climate in the United States, but we must continue to endeavour to get a legal pathway to status for those people and other people who wish to emigrate from our country for whatever reasons to the United States.”

Deputy Brendan Smith concluded by urging the Government to continue to pursue a resolution to the issue.

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