Denis Naughten Letter to US Ambassador: Waiver for Undocumented
Denis Naughten, TD letter to US Ambassador on the need for a waiver for the #undocumented Irish in the US.
Dear Mr. Ambassador O’Malley,
I am writing to you on behalf of the 100‘s of families undocumented Irish in my Constituency that are anxious to see their loved one become regularized in the US and free to come & go to Ireland to visit.
Specifically, I am seeking your support, as Ambassador, to introduce a waiver to the 3 and 10 year
unlawful presence bars for undocumented Irish living in the U.S.
Such a waiver would enable the Irish who would otherwise be barred from returning to the States for 3 or 10 years upon traveling outside of the United States, a chance to begin the legal process of residency in the U.S. without being sidelined for the 3 or 10 years.
I understand that there is already a precedent for such a waiver which is currently in operation at the U.S. mission in Mexico. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued over 58,000 waivers in 2012 to Mexicans who were liable for the 3 and 10 year bar because they had previously overstayed but who wanted to regularize their status in the U.S.
Not only would this be of direct beneﬁt to those who have fallen out of the US immigration system, but the introduction of similar visa schemes by our immigration service in Ireland, has facilitated migrants to become fully integrated into Irish society, which is of long term beneﬁt to local communities throughout the country.
I understand that Minister Charlie Flanagan TD has made a formal request on behalf of the Irish Government to your offices and I hope that you will be in a position to grant such a waiver.
Denis Naughten TD.