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Ireland‘He did everything by the book’ – Outlook ‘not good’ for Cork man arrested by US immigration officials

21:55  15 july  2019
21:55  15 july  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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‘He did everything by the book’ – Outlook ‘not good’ for Cork man arrested by US immigration officials © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Things are not looking good for the Cork man who was arrested by US immigration officials outside Philadelphia last week after more than a decade living in America, according to Senator Billy Lawless.

Keith Byrne, a married father-of-three originally from Fermoy, was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while on his way to work last Wednesday.

‘He did everything by the book’ – Outlook ‘not good’ for Cork man arrested by US immigration officials © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Mr Byrne travelled to the US 12 years ago on the visa waiver programme but failed to leave when his visa expired. He has been attempting to secure citizenship for around a decade.

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Speaking on RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke programme, Senator Lawless said: ‘There’s always hope, but it’s not looking good.’

‘He did everything by the book’ – Outlook ‘not good’ for Cork man arrested by US immigration officials © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Senator Lawless said he had appealed for clemency for Mr Byrne, pointing out the difficulties his wife would face should she try to relocate their family to Ireland.

Mr Byrne’s sister, Melinda Byrne, said he was ‘easy pickings’ for ICE officials as he had provided all his information for his citizenship application, so they knew where he lived.

‘He did everything by the book’ – Outlook ‘not good’ for Cork man arrested by US immigration officials © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Mr Byrne’s arrest came as a shock to him and his family as he had been ‘making applications and appeals,’ she told RTE’s Morning Ireland.

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‘He was not illegal, he was a documented individual. He had a social security number, a driving licence. He paid tax. So to be included as an illegal immigrant is incorrect.

He was legal, but did not have citizenship. He was not in hiding.’

She went onto explain that Mr Byrne had met his now wife, Keren, while on holiday to the US and that he had begun the citizenship application process in 2010.

She said: ‘He did everything by the book. Now his world is turned upside down. His life is in America. He is unfortunate to be caught up in the current administration and their clampdown.’

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