Irish President Visits Chicago Optimistic for Undocumented Irish
RTE News | Friday 09 May 2014
President Michael D Higgins has said he is optimistic about the future of the undocumented Irish in the US. He said he was confident their situation would improve within the next year. President Higgins was speaking after a meeting with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – the first official engagement on his trip to mid-western US.
Chicago is traditionally a strong Irish American City and the first stop on the President’s trip, focussing on the Irish community. Mayor Emanuel is a major proponent of immigration reform and the two men discussed the plight of the undocumented Irish in the US. There are approximately 50,000 undocumented Irish in the US, with about 5,000 of those in the Chicago area. President Higgins said he was optimistic that there would be some development for the undocumented Irish within the next year.
Engagements Sunday 11 May, 2014
10:00 a.m. (U.S.A.) Gaelic Park, Chicago
President attends Irish Community Monthly Mass celebrated by Fr. Michael Leonard
12:45 p.m. (U.S.A.) Chicago
President attends lunch hosted by the Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International
5:00 p.m. (U.S.A.) Chicago
President visits the Irish American Heritage Centre (IAHC) and Chicago Irish Immigrant Support