Last Updated: 15/03/2007 17:05
Ahern hopes for reform on US immigrants
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has expressed his hope that reform of the immigration system in the United States will reach "successful finality" in the not-too-distant future.
Speaking in Washington at a lunch hosted by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and attended by President Bush, Mr Ahern said: "This great nation has been enriched by the experience of immigration and your democracy is all the stronger for it ."
He said the resolution of the issue "would mean an enormous amount to those Irish men and women who continue to live in the shadows in this country".
"My Government is keenly aware of their ongoing plight. I hope, therefore, that your efforts at immigration reform will reach successful finality in the not too distant future."
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