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Tánaiste Welcomes US Senate Immigration Reform Vote Outcome

Visas, Press Releases, North America, 2013

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., tonight welcomed the US Senate’s approval of a bill that provides for comprehensive reform of the American immigration system.

The Tánaiste said:

“This is a very positive development that takes us another step closer towards addressing the problems faced by undocumented Irish emigrants in the US and allowing them to emerge from the shadows.

“I strongly welcome the provisions in the Bill passed by the Senate to address the concerns of our undocumented and the specific E3 provisions for Ireland that provide a legal pathway for the future. 

“I am particularly pleased that the Bill includes provisions that will allow for continuation of the summer J1 visa programme that has meant so much to successive generations of young Irish people.

“I pay tribute to hard work and persistence of Senators Leahy and Schumer and other members of the US Senate bi-partisan group who brought forward the original proposals from which the bill derives. I also welcome the considerable bi-partisan support that has emerged in support of the Senate bill and hope that this bodes well for its further prospects.

“Focus will now shift to the US House of Representatives.   I and the Government will continue to monitor developments closely.  I intend to travel to Washington DC over the coming weeks to consult directly with our friends and key contacts on Capitol Hill about the issues involved.”