Michael Glass, Ed.D.
National Chairman, Immigration
Last year the US Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill, which proposed a new pathway for undocumented residents a chance to pursue permanent status in America. The House bill did not, and the differences between the two bills were never resolved in committee. Current US immigration policies are so restrictive that such a pathway to citizenship does not exist now for the estimated 40,000 undocumented Irish in the country and any of the other millions of undocumented workers.
While immigration legislation was and still is seen by some as very controversial, Irish immigration to the US has been severely restricted in recent years. As one example, between 1996 and 2005, our government issued 8.75 million visas of all kinds, but of this very large number only 13,000 were granted to those who are Irish, and this is only visas not citizenship.
Very soon new immigration legislation will be introduced in both houses. These bills will need your support. Please contact your representatives in Washington and inform them that you expect an immigration bill that is fair and just for all immigrants.