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Irish bishops’ conference praises US immigration-reform measure

May 28, 2013

The chairman of the Irish Bishops’ Council for Emigrants has welcomed the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s recent vote in favor of immigration legislation.

The bill, said Bishop John Kirby, “will give a path to citizenship for the estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish living in the United States. Through its centres and outreaches, the Irish Apostolate USA – the pastoral service of the Irish Bishops’ Council for Emigrants in the United States – experiences at first-hand and on a daily basis, the many difficult situations facing Irish undocumented immigrants living in the US. However the proposed legislation will enable our emigrants to realize their dreams and ambitions, to come out of the shadows and to contribute actively as members of their local community.”


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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - May. 29, 2013 1:40 AM ET USA

    May I say "butt out"? They live on an island the few are interested in or able to sneak in to. The early church men went see people they wished to convert and aid in temporal ways. They did not call for their countries to be over-run by an invading hoard. Our own Bishops should also be speaking out in defense of borders. The carnage visited on so many would be immigrees will continue until our border is sealed and only those who respect our laws are allowed to stay.