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Ireland Race row TD asked Obama to help illegal Irish in US

13:25  17 november  2019
13:25  17 november  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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  'I've sent money home, I'm not a criminal'- Nigerians in Ireland react to Noel Grealish money remarks 'I've sent money home, I'm not a criminal'- Nigerians in Ireland react to Noel Grealish money remarksNoel Grealish, who was at the centre of another racism row in September, asked the Taoiseach whether “astronomical” amounts of money leaving this country were being monitored.

All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart.

AN IRISH MEP has written to US President-elect Barack Obama to highlight that up to 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants living in the US need Mr Ó Neachtain said the situation of the illegal Irish in America was “unacceptable” and they needed “urgent help ”. However, he said he understood

Noel Grealish wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Under fire: TD Noel Grealish. Photo: Andrew Downes © Andrew Downes Under fire: TD Noel Grealish. Photo: Andrew Downes

Independent TD Noel Grealish lobbied former US President Barack Obama about Irish people living illegally in America.

TD Noel Grealish TD Noel Grealish Mr Grealish, who is under fire over his comments about Nigerians sending money home from Ireland, asked Mr Obama to use "all the powers at his discretion as president, to assist in the plight of the undocumented Irish".

The Galway West TD, who recently described African asylum seekers as "spongers", said Irish people living illegally in America lived under "constant fear of being arrested or deported".

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Under US immigration rules, any illegal Irish immigrants in the US who travel home to Ireland are barred from re-entering the US for three years, if they outstayed an earlier visa by less than a year, and for 10 years, if the period of illegality is greater than a year.

Demonstrators in Chicago protest against US president Donald Trump’s executive order imposing a The Irish make up a tiny share of the 11 million people who are believed to be living illegally in the US , but “This isn’t a radical shift from the Obama administration’s policies. In the last eight years, more

He also lobbied now deceased US Senator Ted Kennedy about Irish citizens living illegally in America who he said could not come home for weddings or funerals because they did not have visas.

Noel Grealish et al. posing for the camera: Noel Grealish questioned the sources of money sent by Irish residents to Nigeria (PA) © Niall Carson Noel Grealish questioned the sources of money sent by Irish residents to Nigeria (PA) Mr Grealish's meeting with Senator Kennedy was highlighted in a paid-for advertising supplement, printed to promote the Progressive Democrats.

In the Dail last week, the Independent TD was called a "racist" when he questioned whether large amounts of money being sent from Ireland to Africa were the proceeds of crime.

Mr Grealish claimed World Bank figures showed €3.5bn had been sent from Ireland to Nigeria over the past eight years and questioned whether this money was from criminal activity.

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US president Barack Obama referred to the number of illegal Irish immigrants in his hometown of Chicago during a high- profile speech kicking off his campaign to sell his new immigration changes to the American public. Calling for legislation to be passed overhauling a “broken” immigration system

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However, Central Statistics Office figures show around €17m a year was sent to the African nation during a similar period.

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger told Mr Grealish he was a "disgrace" and said his comments were "racist".

Noel Grealish standing in front of a building: Demand: Noel Grealish wanted to know what checks were made on money being transferred out of Ireland. Photo: Tom Burke Demand: Noel Grealish wanted to know what checks were made on money being transferred out of Ireland. Photo: Tom Burke Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan called on the Galway TD to correct the Dail record and said he should "exercise great care in the use of language".

At a public meeting about a planned direct provision centre in Oughterard, Co Galway, in September, Mr Grealish criticised "African economic migrants" who he claimed come to Ireland to "sponge off the system".

The Government has insisted it has no formal relationship with Mr Grealish despite his commitment to support them on crucial votes.

However, Fine Gael figures this weekend were suggesting Mr Grealish may have been given advance notice of sports capital grant payments for his clubs in his constituency.

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The majority of “undocumented Irish ” young people living illegally in America come from Fermanagh and Tyrone, the Assembly had been told. There is an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 illegal Irish in the US , with the majority coming from Fermanagh and Tyrone. Mr McGuinness said: “The issue of the

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Mr Grealish did not respond to requests for comment but his Facebook page shows he did post details of sport grants last Friday morning almost an hour before his constituency colleagues Government Chief Whip Sean Kyne and Climate Action Committee chair Hildegarde Naughton.

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