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Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, Senator Schumer and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Schumer’s office in Washington, D.C. in March.

Senator Schumer’s Irish visas survive the Senate test - battles on to conservative House

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Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, Senator Schumer and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Schumer’s office in Washington, D.C. in March.

The Irish, Schumer said, have played a vital role in bringing the comprehensive immigration debate to the forefront.  

“They have been strong in pushing comprehensive reform not just for themselves but for the entire immigrant community,” he added.  

“But there are lots of people opposed to comprehensive reform.”

Schumer is chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. He said that he’s taken guidance from his predecessor, the late Senator Edward Kennedy.

“One of the things he always instructed me in was to make sure we took care of the Irish,” Schumer revealed. 

“So I said yesterday when our [provision] was ratified that Ted Kennedy’s spirit is hovering over this bill.”

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