Schumer named new chairman of the Senate Immigration-Sub Committee
The sub-committee, which also covers issues pertaining to refugees and border security, is an arm of the full Senate Judiciary Committee and in its new form will be made up of six Democrats, including Schumer, and four republicans, with the ranking Republican being Senator John Cornyn of Texas.
Senator Schumer has considerable experience in immigration issues and his name has been for years associated with the diversity visa program.
Meanwhile, Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform vice chairman Ciaran Staunton met Sen. Schumer recently and discussed the issue with him. Staunton has been holding a series of back-to-back meetings in both Ireland and the U.S. to gauge support for a new Irish effort.
Also at the meeting was Kate Hickey of the Irish-based Friends and Families of the Undocumented Irish lobby group.
"It was fairly good," Staunton said of the two-hour meeting.
"I was very impressed with the range and depth of Martin's knowledge of the situation both on the ground in the community and with the political situation in Washington. He understands that we have two very important issues at hand: the issue of the undocumented and the issue of future legal access to America," Staunton said.