Immigration Reform: Irish Perspective
March 15th, 2006

A Daily News guest columnist argued that a cruel and discriminatory American immigration law has reduced the flow of Irish legal immigration to the United States and left thousands of Irish in New York City without proper documents.

Prior to 1965, virtually any qualified Irish citizen who wished to immigrate to the U.S. was allowed to do so, wrote Brian O’Dwyer, an immigration attorney who heads up the Emerald Isle Immigration Center. In 1965, the quota system gave way to a new rule, which gave preferences only to those immigrants who were able to be sponsored by members of their immediate family.

Irish immigrants are not alone in this struggle, there are at least 400,000 undocumented immigrants in the city. He went on to say that the proposed McCain-Kennedy bill will put an end to the problem. “[The bill] – which would allow immigrants to work here legally for either three or six years – will once and for all restore equity to our fractured immigration policy, he said. Until then, Irish eyes will be weeping, not smiling.

By on March 15, 2006, 3:26 pm
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One Response to “Immigration Reform: Irish Perspective”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    March 15th, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    Ireland is now a very rich country, and we don’t get many immigrants from such countries.

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