Irish coping with being undocumented in the United States
How it impacts every aspect of their lives and plans
When asked about how he got his green card, Adam replied: “I got a fake degree and an expensive lawyer, it was easy - I paid the lawyer and he did everything.”
However, cheating the system does not work for everyone, a friend of Adam’s was not so lucky, when he was caught using a fake degree he was deported within a few days.
These days, it is difficult to find work without a social security number, especially well paid work.
“The cost of living over here is crazy, I’m paying two grand on rent a month on my one bedroom apartment,” said Adam.
“One of the hardest things for me was not being allowed to drive anymore,” he added.
For years Adam was using a driving licence which he acquired using fake ID’s and a fake social security number.
He explained: “After 9/11 the government began cross referencing social security numbers and mine was found and my licence was suspended.”
But Obama’s proposal will certainly not represent a quick fix - illegal immigrants will have to face a long wait to earn their citizenship and what exactly is in store for the illegal Irish is still unclear.
According to Associate Director of Communications at The National Immigrant Justice Centre (NIJC) Tara Tidwell Cullen, it will be some time until the NIJC will know exactly what their Irish clients might be dealing with under a new law.
Ms Tidwell Cullen stressed: “There will be months of debate, amendments, and of course the House version to deal with before anything is passed, and the law could look much different by that point than it does when it is introduced.”
Adam has been lucky, but for the 50,000 undocumented Irish scattered across communities all over the United States of America, immigration reform cannot come soon enough.
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