Irish hopes high as U.S. Senate commences immigration reform debate
Call for Irish Americans to lobby their politicians as debate begins
Spending a half-hour with the Wisconsin House member offered Daly and Staunton the chance to press for immigration reform, and Ryan, they say, is on board.
“He gave us great time, spoke about his Irish roots a lot and definitely he feels like the time is right for immigration reform,” Staunton said.
“In fact we had a great reception from many GOP members. In some cases, the positions that staffers outlined were much different than what’s on the member’s website, so we’re feeling optimistic.”
As far as the success of the E-3 program, Staunton says so far, so good. “It won’t come out of the Senate bill,” he said.
“Many other countries are in the bill, and we’re not making any apologies for Ireland being in it too. We’re pointing out how we were disadvantaged by the 1965 Act, and how that needs to be made right.”
On Tuesday President Obama gave his firm support to the Senate bill, and urged members to give approval even though the plan “isn’t perfect.”
“If you’re serious about actually fixing the system, then this is the vehicle to do it,” Obama said in a speech at the White House. “If you’re not serious about it, if you think that a broken system is the best America can do, then I guess it makes sense to try to block it.
“This bill isn’t perfect; it’s a compromise,” Obama said. “And going forward, nobody is going to get everything they want. Not Democrats, not Republicans, not me.”
On Wednesday, June 19 in Philadelphia, ILIR is hosting an informational meeting at the Commodore Barry Club. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information.
“Basically we’re going to be telling everybody to get out there and become involved, and help us to get immigration reform now,” Staunton said.
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