Saturday, February 24, 2007

From Times-Herald Record: Hibernians to lobby Congress for immigration reform

Barbara Bedell: Hibernians to lobby Congress for immigration reform

The recent benefit hosted in its hall in Monroe by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division One raised several thousand dollars. The purpose was to provide a free bus for people to attend the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform Rally March 7 in Washington, D.C.

Brendan O'Dowd, vice president of the Monroe AOH, said the opportunity to lobby members of Congress to pass the Comprehensive Immigration Bill is meaningful for the Irish in Orange County as well as others throughout the nation.

The bus will leave the AOH Hall at 4:45 a.m., arriving in D.C. at 9:45 a.m. Lobbying begins at 10 a.m. on Capitol Hill. The rally begins at 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn where the AOH will be registered and many congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle will attend.

"We are not looking for an amnesty but rather an earned path to citizenship for these people who over the past five, 10 and in some cases 20 years have lived, worked and made their lives here, just as millions of Irish did before them," said Jack Meehan, national president of the AOH.

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1 comment:

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