Ahern in US plea for Irish undocumented
The Democratic Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has given a commitment to introduce bi-partisan, comprehensive immigration reform this year.
Ms Pelosi was speaking at the American Ireland Fund Dinner in Washington last night, which was also attended by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
A new push on immigration reform is going through a difficult time in the US Congress with disagreement on some aspects of a planned bi-partisan bill in the Senate.
Last night Mr Ahern made a plea in a speech for the Irish undocumented in the US, which he put at 30,000 people.
The Taoiseach said he was 'not arguing the case for citizenship' but wanted to ensure they had freedom to travel and work.
He also pledged an endowment of €10 million to the American Ireland Fund over the next five years.
Ms Pelosi, who was honoured at last night's event, gave Mr Ahern her commitment that she would work towards introducing bi-partisan, comprehensive immigration reform this year.
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