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Queens, New York City, Republicans decry Irish parliamentarian's inappropriate intervention on U.S. immigration bill


The Regular Republican Club, 30th AD, Inc. (Woodside GOP, New York City) decries Irish parliamentarian's statement on US. immigration legislation

Patrick Hurley, President, Regular Republican Club • 23 February 2006

Woodside, New York City, Feb 23 - The statement uttered by Michael Woods, T.D., chairman of the Irish parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, regarding the Sennsenbrenner/King Immigration Bill H.R. 4437, is highly offensive, deeply insensitive and totally inappropriate.

On Feb 19, Michael Woods, T.D., in referring to the Sensenbrenner/King bill, described the legislation "as a reaction to 9/11 . . . but this is an over reaction."

September 11 was not an inconvenient aberration, as Mr. Woods flippantly implies. It was a cowardly, devastating attack on the United States, in which thousands of our citizens died, a good number of them Irish Americans. It was also a declaration of war on Western civilization, which, once again, the United States, as the arsenal of democracy and freedom, bears the brunt of defending. Mr. Woods should apologize to those thousands, especially those Irish Americans, who lost loved ones and friends on that day of infamy.

For forty years, since the 1965 Kennedy Immigration Act, U.S. immigration policy has been totally chaotic and completely at odds with our cultural, economic and security interests. This emasculating situation finaly realized its potential on Sept 11, when it was exploited by Middle Eastern terrorists to plan and launch their cowardly attack. Investigations, subsequent to 9/11, which have successfully thwarted more attacks, have revealed how our dysfunctional immigration system has been further exploited by terrorists.

We are confident that we speak for all Irish American Republicans, indeed for all Republicans, Conservatives and conservative Democrats, when we laud Congressman James Sennsenbrenner of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Congressman Peter King of New York, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, for their courage, integrity and initiative in crafting this excellent piece of legislation. In this time of war , HR 4437 will be an indispensable defensive tool. It will go a long way towards securing our borders, our interior and in keeping our citizens safe.

It is highly inappropriate for Mr. Woods, as the representative of a foreign parliament to attempt to overtly influence the legislative process of the U.S. Congress, or to frustrate Americans in our endeavors to protect our country. As Ireland begins to wrestle with its own domestic immigration challenges, perhaps Mr. Woods' constituents should consider the adverse security implications for them of his flippant and reckless attitude to the concept of illegal immigration, in the post September 11 environment.

Mr. Woods implies that the solution to the illegal Irish problem is the maintenance of a limbo situation, where undocumented Irish immigrants are allowed to continue to exist outside the law, in the netherworld of illegal status . Unlike Mr. Woods, we believe that the solution to the problem is legislation that would correct the discriminatory effects of the 1965 Kennedy Immigration Act, which effectively shut the Irish, Italians and Polish and others out of the United States. Such legislation must also regularize the status of undocumented immigrants from those countries and eventually allow them to enjoy the privileges and assume the obligations of U.S. citizenship.

Congressman Peter King, the co-author of HR 4437, is a true friend of Ireland. Long before the Good Friday Agreement, Pete King was standing shoulder to shoulder with the nationalist people of the Northern Irish statelet, when politicians in Dublin, London and Hyannisport were running for cover. We are confident that with sincere friends like Pete King in our corner, we can resolve the undocumented Irish problem, once and for all, within the context of restructuring our immigration policy to address critical U.S. cultural, economic and security interests. Too many Irish Americans died on September 11, and have died in the ongoing war against radical Islam , for us to accept anything less.

Ultimately, the undocumented Irish problem is an issue for Irish Americans, as U.S citizens, to resolve, We appreciate any support that the Irish Government, or Irish representatives, can render us, within the parameters of diplomatic norms, but, ultimately, it is an issue for American citizens. Inappropriate interventions like that of Mr. Woods will only hinder rather than help.





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