Every year, the US Ambassador to Ireland hosts a 4th of July celebration at their address in Phoenix Park, Dublin, but one immigration lawyer working in the U.S. believes there should be no such party amid children being held in cages.
The Irish Examiner reported that Irish attorney Fiona McEntee believes people should not be drinking wine and enjoying themselves while children are being held in detention centers. This move on her part has been taken because of the Trump administration’s choice to enforce the separation of parents from their children at the border and the subsequent outcry that has come about.
Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin has called on TDs and Senators to boycott the Fourth of July celebrations at the US Embassy because of the US government's immigration policy of separating children from their parents https://t.co/Ce4cxfkfNe— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 20, 2018
“We’re here today to ask the Irish politicians not to participate in any type of celebration of July 4 here in our backyard at the US embassy,” McEntee stated.
“They have a duty to use the voice that they have in opposing this policy.”
This call for the party to not take place has happened amid a recent storm of condemnation of the controversial US immigration policy from the Irish Government, with virtually all parties represented at the Dail (Irish parliament) criticizing the practice.
Last night in the Dáil I spoke out against the US Govt's cruel & inhumane policy of separating children from their parents at US-Mexico border & detaining them in cages. We also need to end Direct Provision and regularise undocumented migrants in Ireland https://t.co/P1hkT0tFS3— Seán Crowe (@SeanCroweTD) June 21, 2018
Fianna Fáil leader Micháel Martin expressed that the policy was reprehensible and advocated for all parties to come together and agree to collectively condemn the policy.
“I think it is very important to give a very clear message to the US government that it is absolutely unacceptable and it should be communicated government-to-government and parliament-to-parliament,” Martin stated.