Many people think the immigration issue is a Mexican or Latin thing.
The Obama Deferred Action plan has helped the Irish undocumented tremendously by the hundreds of thousands. And we are very glad for the global community. Indeed immigration is a global issue.
We hope the Irish will remember that it was Mitt Romney who embraced immigration policies that the ousted Senator Russell Pearce embraced with his draconian anti-immigrant laws. In fact, Romney’s immigration plan mirrored Russell Pearces.
We hope to see the Irish community help deliver Massachusetts to Obama in a swoop and other northeastern states with high Irish population.
We know immigration was not an easy thing for Obama to handle within his first term as President of the United States. In fact, both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush did not address immigration until their second term as President. Today we see hypocritical Tea Party Republicans who loathe Reagan’s amnesty because they would rather hold on to their restrictionist and protectionist views. Make no mistake, there is still plenty of work as we work towards a humane legal immigration system that everybody agrees is broken. Indeed we do need to fix the broken immigration system and create a legal avenue, however, bigotry is stopping those efforts.
The entire global community is thankful for the 1.7 million acts of compassion that were given yesterday.
From the Irish Central:
Irish among hundreds of thousands of undocumented applying to stay legally
Irish children who came with illegal parents will qualify under new presidential waiver
“…One Northern Irish familybased in New Jersey welcomed President Obama’s announcement which will see his administration stop deportations and grant work permits for qualified undocumented young adults currently living in the U.S.
“I was in shock,” says Malachy McAllister, whose two youngest children, Sean Ryan, 24, and Nicole, 26, stand to benefit from the new policy as they came to the U.S. when they were under 16….”