Former congressman Bruce Morrison says E3 visa will pass
Irish immigration lobbyist very confident of immigration reform
There is new hope for the plight of the undocumented Irish in the US, a former US Congressman has said.
A Washington lobbyist and immigration attorney, he was the author of the Morrison green card program back in the 1990s that granted nearly 50,000 visas for Irish citizens
The immigration attorney outlined the political atmosphere in the US following the recent reelection of President Obama with much focus now on the immigration Issue and the need for immigration reform.
Following his briefing, Senator Daly pledged to form an All Party Oireachtas Committee to work on the issue of the 50,000 undocumented Irish currently in the United States.
Speaking to RTE Radio, Morrison said a deal for the Irish E3 visa was likely to pass.
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Under the E3, 10,500 Irish citizens would be eligible to work in the US each year, as long as they secure employment before moving to the US.
“It’s up right now and it could be voted on by the end of the year- that’s only a 50-50 shot but we have an agreement in the senate to get it done and it will get done either ahead of comprehensive reform or part of comprehensive reform.”
“There’s no doubt that it will happen, but when.”
“I think the president, having been reelected, has redoubled his commitment to working on this problem.
“Exactly how it's going to go forward, the form of the legislation, who is going to be covered, how quickly they're going to be covered… these are all very much up in the air.”
Morrison pointed out the undocumented Irish will not get preferential treatment from Washington.
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