Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Irish Overseas and the Diaspora, Senator Mark Daly has called on the Foreign Affairs Committee to hold a special hearing to discuss the situation of the undocumented Irish in the United States in the wake of new executive orders signed by President Trump.
Commenting on the issue Senator Daly said: “President Trump has this week signed an executive order which prioritises the deportation of undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of any criminal offence.
As part of this latest executive order, President Trump is attempting to deny federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities that shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.
“Undoubtedly, this is causing a great deal of fear, stress and anxiety for the 50,000 undocumented Irish living in the United States and I have requested that the Foreign Affairs Committee hold a special hearing to discuss the situation,” said the Kerry-based Senator.
“The Government must step up and do more. This does not only affect the undocumented Irish in America but it is also causing a great deal of worry for their families in Ireland. Time is of the essence and the Government must immediately engage with the new administration and make the case for the thousands of Irish who have put down roots in America and made it their home.
“I and my Party colleagues in Fianna Fáil will continue to highlight this issue. The situation is too serious for thousands of Irish people for it to be a peripheral Government concern. They must act to try and secure a more favourable outcome than the situation that tens of thousands of undocumented Irish are currently facing,” concluded Daly.