I have been reading the comments about the ridiculous argument about the Irish running off home as soon as they get their greencards. Please stop one comparing me to someone who chooses this and two judging someone who does. The first point is madness because if I have stayed here in America undocumented and lived with all the dreaded side effects like not getting home to Ireland to see my family then to me it is clear the Irish immigrants who live here undocumented obviously are serious about living in America if they wanted to live in Ireland they would have been long gone because it is so difficult to live here undocumented especially since Sept 11th.
The ILIR are fighting to get these people legalized because this is their home. I am an undocumented Irish immigrant and I do not want to move back to Ireland, like so many of the Irish who will benefit from the current bill. I am not rejecting Ireland I just prefer it here and have been here so long now that this is my home. However to make the point that the Irish undocumented should not be legalized because they might all go home to Ireland one day is ridiculous.
Is this whole debate not about a persons right to make a decision for their own destiny, if a person can pass a criminal background check, find themselves a job and go through an application process can they not immigrate. Yet on the other hand if for whatever reason they may chose to live in a different country, move around or return to their country of origin that is their perogitive. We can not dictate to people where they can and cannot go, its the same as telling someone they cannot change careers or partners or move town or state. The Irish immigrants who wanted to return where well in their rights to do so. I myself have known some Irish Americans who moved to Ireland and got citizenship through their parents because they wanted to experience the country their parents came from. It is unfair to punish the current immigrants because some immigrants in the past who got their visas eventually moved home.
This is all beside the point, the immigrants here now should be offered a way to become legal because as we all well know their is no way for them to do that since the 1965 immigration act. I believe the current immigrants like myself are here to stay we have lost too much and struggled too hard to get the visa, but each man chooses his own destiny and we cannot turn our back on them because they don't make the choices we like. Instead I think we should celebrate the fact that they can choose unlike the people over one hundred years ago whose one way ticket was literally one way.