Obama hopes for immigration reform in 2010
President's agenda too full to focus on immigration now
“I am more positive this time though. I think Obama is the man to get the job done. If I had a vote I would have definitely given it to him.”
Steve, a Kerryman living in the shadows of New York for the past 11 years, also remains optimistic despite having experienced first hand the emotion of Congress rejecting a proposed bill in the past.
Steve is under the impression that Obama is stalling until 2010 on the immigration issue because he wants to have everything in place before the battle begins.
“I think he (Obama) wants to have all borders secure in order to move forward without any deadlock on the border situation,” he said.
“I feel that he is in the process of bringing both sides together so that he will then call upon the right people to bring it out in the open then next year when the time is right.”
Steve, an active member of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) said it’s time to rally up the troops again and get the ball rolling on campaigning.
“It’s time for all the immigrant communities to stand together and let their voices be heard,” he said.
Another Kerryman, Don, 34, who has also been living in New York equally as long as Steve, said that although he feels “frustrated” by the news on Monday, he believes that Obama is still being true to his campaign promise, to address immigration reform during his first term as president.
“He (Obama) seems to be keeping to his word overall. He is addressing the issues that he promised during the campaign, just at a slower pace than expected. I think we as illegals should be happy it is even being discussed,” he said.
Paula, 26, a Leitrim immigrant who moved to Boston a little over a year ago to find work, is happy to hear that Obama wants to address the issue next year.
“It will be great if he can get us green cards. I haven’t been home to see my family or friends in a year and I’d really like to visit but there is nothing at home in terms of jobs so I’m not going to take the chance until the president gets us papers,” said Paula.
“I think Obama will do the right thing. He is a decent guy and I’m sure he will convince those who need convincing that something needs to be done for those of us who have no papers.”
Chairman of the ILIR, Bartholomew Murphy, told the Irish Voice on Tuesday that it’s “disappointing” that the Obama administration seems to be taking its foot off the pedal on immigration reform.
However, he said, “Ultimately, ILIR and the 50,000-plus undocumented Irish in the U.S. remain hopeful that President Obama will keep his word on comprehensive immigration reform and expect Congress to pass reform as soon as is practically possible.”
Murphy continued, “ILIR will continue to lobby for comprehensive immigration reform for the 50,000 undocumented Irish in the United States as well as for a path for future flows of Irish immigrants, and ILIR will continue to work on Capitol Hill with Senator Charles Schumer and Congress member Zoe Lofgren and those drafting the legislation in this regard.”
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