ILIR Immigration Reform Efforts Continue in Boston



Immigration Reform efforts continue
Our Immigration Reform advocate and volunteer co-coordinator Sean Conroy has been in touch with many people who attended the recent Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform meeting in St. Brendan’s.  Sean has been briefed by Geri Garvey, our Irish Apostolate Administrator on the ground in Washington DC, and another phone bank was held this week.  Many volunteers have come forward to participate.  Sean and his group of activists are now concentrating efforts on members of the House of Representatives. A list of the representatives we need to call has now been compiled and readers can email us at the address below for it.


Anyone interested in becoming involved in the immigration reform campaign can contact Sean at


Our thanks go out to all those who have responded and are participating in these advocacy efforts.

Immigration Hotline calls this week.


This week one of my calls was from Patrick in Ireland.  He went back to live there five years ago and now would like to sponsor his wife and return to the USA.  When he goes to sponsor his wife, attorney Chris Lavery pointed out he will have to produce tax returns in connection with the Form I-864 Affidavit of Support.  It was also pointed out that there are new family petition filing rules for those residing abroad and the information on this is on the US Embassy website Dublin:


Citizens living abroad and taxes


If you are a United States citizen or a resident alien who lives and works abroad, you may qualify to exclude all or part of your foreign earnings from your income.  If you would like more information on who qualifies for the exclusion, refer to the IRS website at