New move means Irish E3 visa bill now likely to pass senate
‘No reason not to pass this bill’ -- Senator Chuck Schumer
Attention will be focused on Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader who will be key in getting the bill passed.
Martin Brennan, New York State director for Schumer, has appealed for Irish Americans to lobby local senators to help pass the bill.
“Senator Schumer is very committed to this legislation,” he said. “We truly believe we can get it passed.”
In a statement to Irish Central Senator Schumer said “The time is now to pass this common-sense bill that improves the fairness and efficiency of our immigration system, while also including a mutual visa exchange with America’s long-time ally, Ireland.
“The underlying bill passed the Republican House with overwhelming bi-partisan support – and the Irish E-visa also has support from both parties — so there is no reason not to pass this bill today,”
Schumer is the lead sponsor, along with Senators Leahy and Durbin, of S.1983. “This bill presents the rarest of opportunities to work together to pass a historic bill that will both open up, for the first time in decades, an avenue for legal Irish immigration to America and allow us to attract the kind of innovators who can create job growth in America."
If it does get passed in the Senate then it goes back to the House for approval, but having almost unanimously passed there already, there is no expectation that it will be blocked.
“We have a golden opportunity,” said Ciaran Staunton, president of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, which has led the charge.
“The Irish community from coast to coast needs to get behind this bill.”
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