“It troubles me that the Irish would feel that because of our history and our special relationship that we will have a leg up.” O’Reilly said.
Instead, O’Reilly believes having a strong history and relationship with the U.S. gives Irish immigrants extra responsibility.
“That special relationship should mean that we have the responsibility in the corridors of power to work on behalf of others that don’t have that position,” she said.
American citizens Andrew Goulet and Ryan Quinn were among a group of union ironworkers who made the trip from Western Massachusetts early Wednesday morning to join the rally.
“We had a bus of 40 people come down from Western Mass,” Goulet told IrishCentral. “We left at 5am.”
The 28-year-old said workers’ rights is just one of the reasons he supports immigration reform.
“Denying undocumented workers in this country their full rights creates an incentive for employers to hire undocumented workers and treat them however they want,” Goulet said.
“We are asking for a lot of broad sweeping changes and I don’t expect it to happen all at once.”
“But when there is support like this,” Goulet says, gesturing to the crowd. “It makes you think it’s just a matter of time.”