Brave move on immigration
Senator Edward Kennedy, who created the 1965 Act, has stated that an unintended consequence was shutting out the Irish.
The Australian-type visa scheme would ensure a reasonable flow of new Irish immigrants, and passage of comprehensive immigration reform would ensure that the undocumented Irish here now are brought into the fold.
It is vital that neither goal is given up on, and that other parties are clear Ireland is determined to achieve both goals. A spirit of cooperation in allowing an Australian-type non-immigrant visa for Ireland would greatly increase the support in the community for the comprehensive reform push.
This matter needs to be approached with the utmost urgency by our community and the Irish government. The fate of our undocumented and future flow of Irish to this country is at stake.
Obama has bravely signaled that he will make a major effort in the near future to pass comprehensive reform. We should be the first to applaud his move and push to make it a reality.