Irish-Americans Can Convince Republicans To Support Immigration Reform In Key States Like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Mass.Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
The Irish-Americans can indeed convince Republicans to support legal immigration reform in key states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and so forth. Particularly when according to a newspaper of Ohio: Ohio’s Irish population numbers one-third the size of Ireland. It’s almost important to note that a stern letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan to Speaker Boehner with regard to moral urgency on immigration appears to be getting ignored.
Many people make the mistake of believing immigration reform only affects brown skinned immigrants, and this is not true. Particularly when there are thousands of white skinned colored undocumented immigrants, too. Indeed the largest community that is affected and hurting the most are those of Mexican descent. The majority of those getting deported are of Mexican descent, but it is the Mexican American community who realizes that are population and numbers are helping those who don’t have as much voting clout as we do.
We certainly hope the Irish community in Ohio are contacting Speaker John Boehner as he is enjoying an extended 10 day Thanksgiving Break on a $225,000 per year salary funded by us taxpayers. We want Ohio’s Irish population to note the two Republican-held competitive seats in the State of Ohio via (OH-6) Rep. Bill Johnson and (OH-14) Rep.David Joyce according to the Basswood Research Company (a pollster company Republicans rely on):
“Voters in these Ohio districts prefer an imperfect immigration solution to no solution. When given a choice between leaving the current immigration system the way it is, and “passing new laws that are not perfect, but do attempt to fix the serious flaws in the current system,” voters choose imperfect solutions over the status quo by a massive 77%-15% margin. That includes 67% of voters who consider themselves “very conservative,” and 72% of registered or affiliated Republicans.”
Vivan The San Patricios!
We encourage them to step up on immigration in Ohio (key Presidential state), Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Can Irish-Americans Convince Republicans To Embrace Immigration Reform?
Immigration activists may have found an unusual ally in the daunting bid to convince Republicans that comprehensive immigration reform must happen: the nation’s 40 million Irish-Americans.
“We can be the generation that rejuvenates the Irish-American community, or we can be the generation that lets the Irish-American community die,” Ciaran Staunton, president of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, bluntly warned 30 business and community leaders gathered in the back room of Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub.
This wasn’t the first meeting Staunton and other Irish immigration leaders have held: Staunton has set up similar campaigns in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and North and South Carolina. Irish-American leaders have also been making a push on Capitol Hill, meeting with key Republican leaders like Rep. Paul Ryan to make the case for comprehensive reform.
But Virginia, which is home to Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, is seen as key to the struggle because those two leaders hold the keys to reform’s future in the House.
And with 100,000 Irish-Americans in Cantor’s district alone, Staunton and other organizers believe they could be the difference between reform dying on the vine again and President Obama signing a bill before the end of 2014.
“Members of the House of Representatives respond to pressure from the people in their districts,” said Kevin Conmy, the Deputy Chief Mission for the Irish Embassy. FULL STORY>>>