51. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the progress being made regarding the status of undocumented Irish in the United States of America. (Question 11045/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Robert Troy: The plight of the undocumented Irish in the US is well known. What progress is the Government making in tackling the issue?
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55. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the outcome of recent discussions with the United States Administration on the difficulties facing the undocumented Irish in the United States of America; when he expects immigration reform legislation to be progressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14153/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Robert Troy: The plight of the undocumented Irish in the US is well known. What progress is the Government making in tackling the issue?
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91. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will elaborate on the comments made by the Taoiseach during his recent trip to Washington on the undocumented Irish and the possibility of a reciprocal arrangement for American citizens; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14211/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Robert Troy: The plight of the undocumented Irish in the US is well known. What progress is the Government making in tackling the issue?
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6. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his discussions with American officials in respect of immigration reform and, in particular, the plight of undocumented Irish citizens in the United States of America; his plans to meet with American officials in the near future to discuss this further; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48306/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Charlie McConalogue: I am sure the Minister is aware of the importance of this issue to many families across the country, and in particular to their loved ones in America. We need to keep the pressure on, particularly in light of increased difficulties arising from the stance President Trump has taken on the issue recently.
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13. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the efforts being made to address situation of the undocumented Irish in the United States of America; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39705/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

(Deputy Helen McEntee): The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Minister of State with responsibility for the diaspora and international development are acutely aware of the very understandable concerns which exist among members of the Irish community in the US in light of recent developments.
The changed political landscape in the US has resulted in a renewed focus on the plight of the many millions of undocumented people living in the US, including thousands of Irish citizens. The G...

31. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he raised the issue of the undocumented Irish during his recent visit to Washington; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8549/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Darragh O’Brien: Will the Minister report on his recent visit to Washington, D.C. and his discussions on the fate of the undocumented Irish? What issues or measures did he raise with his counterparts in America? Can he report any progress in that regard with the new Administration?
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40. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the negotiations he had with the new Administration in the White House to try to regularise the position regarding the undocumented Irish. (Question 8707/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Darragh O’Brien: Will the Minister report on his recent visit to Washington, D.C. and his discussions on the fate of the undocumented Irish? What issues or measures did he raise with his counterparts in America? Can he report any progress in that regard with the new Administration?
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41. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his discussions with US officials on immigration reform and in particular the plight of undocumented Irish citizens in the United States of America; his plans to meet US officials in the near future to discuss this further; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8522/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Darragh O’Brien: Will the Minister report on his recent visit to Washington, D.C. and his discussions on the fate of the undocumented Irish? What issues or measures did he raise with his counterparts in America? Can he report any progress in that regard with the new Administration?
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58. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the immigration policies of President Trump; his further views on policies that discriminate on the basis of religion and block access to asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8763/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Darragh O’Brien: Will the Minister report on his recent visit to Washington, D.C. and his discussions on the fate of the undocumented Irish? What issues or measures did he raise with his counterparts in America? Can he report any progress in that regard with the new Administration?
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61. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he raised the matter of the executive order banning citizens from seven countries from entering the USA during his recent visit there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8816/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Darragh O’Brien: Will the Minister report on his recent visit to Washington, D.C. and his discussions on the fate of the undocumented Irish? What issues or measures did he raise with his counterparts in America? Can he report any progress in that regard with the new Administration?
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10. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he plans discussions with the authorities in the United States of America given the ongoing concerns at the difficulties the undocumented Irish face and the concerns of their families at home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11904/16 asked on 26 May 2016 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Joe McHugh: Achieving relief for undocumented Irish migrants in the US and agreement on a facility for future legal migration between Ireland and the US remains a priority for the new Government. Our embassy in Washington and consulates elsewhere in the US are active in advocating immigration reform and the issue is also regularly addressed in high-level political contacts between Ireland and the US Government.
While in Washington for St. Patrick’s Day, the Taoiseach and the Minister for...

4. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the proposed immigration reform legislation in the United States of America; if any further discussions are planned with the authorities there, given the ongoing concern of many Irish emigrant representative organisations, the difficulties facing the undocumented Irish and the concerns of their families at home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45607/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Brendan Smith: In November 2014, we welcomed the administrative measures announced by President Obama, which could have benefited thousands of undocumented Irish emigrants based in the United States. Unfortunately those measures now face a legal challenge in the US federal court. Can the Minister inform the House, from his contacts in the United States, if there is any prospect of progress in the area of immigration reform, be it through executive action by President Obama or through le...

19. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide an update on his efforts on behalf of undocumented Irish emigrants in the United States of America; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19282/15 asked on 19 May 2015 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Brendan Smith: As all of us in this House know, the difficulties encountered by so many Irish emigrants in the United States, who are commonly referred to as the “undocumented Irish”, represent an issue of grave concern to the individual emigrants themselves, their families in the US and their families here in Ireland. We are all aware of the difficulties faced by those emigrants when they need to travel home for a family occasion, such as celebratory event or an event necessitated by a ...

2. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position regarding the 50,000 undocumented Irish in the United States of America in view of recent political developments in the USA and the signing by President Obama of an executive order on immigration. (Question 45230/14 asked on 26 Nov 2014 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Seán Crowe: I submitted this question before President Obama’s announcement and we now have more detail on what the US Administration is proposing. I note that there is cross-party support for this development but it falls short of what we would have liked to see. Now that we have had time to mull over the decision, I ask the Minister to give his opinion on it. I note that the Minister has warned undocumented Irish people against trying to return home for Christmas.
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6. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his recent visit to the US; the progress on the issue of the undocumented Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44970/14 asked on 26 Nov 2014 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Denis Naughten: Having listened to the Minister earlier, I wish to echo his comments regarding the announcement by President Obama last week. It is a very positive step forward and I warmly welcome it, particularly for grandparents here in Ireland. The Minister is right to acknowledge it is down to the efforts over a long period of people like Billy Lawless, Cyril Regan, Breandán McGee and many others in the United States, but also our own Ambassador, Anne Anderson, who has done an outs...

4. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide an update on immigration reform law following his recent visit to Washington D.C.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28366/14 asked on 02 Jul 2014 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Brendan Smith: I welcome the Tánaiste’s personal interest in and continued commitment to this important issue, along with that of his officials. We have discussed the serious difficulties facing approximately 50,000 Irish people, commonly referred to as the undocumented, on numerous occasions in the House. These people need to have their status regularised as quickly as possible. Their current status makes it remarkably difficult for them and in many instances, as the Tánaiste remarked...

4. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the progress made this year in securing a legislative compromise in the United States Congress to provide a way of securing the future of the undocumented Irish there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23290/14 asked on 28 May 2014 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Brendan Smith: As all of us in the House know, there are approximately 50,000 Irish people in the United States, commonly referred to as “the undocumented”, who need to have their status regularised. Their current status is extremely difficult for them as they go about their daily business. We must also bear in mind in many instances the hardship and heartbreak for their families at home. The inability of many of the undocumented to travel home for family occasions is truly a burden fa...

8. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will outline the most recent discussions he has had with the US Administration and Members of the US Congress in order to progress the Immigration Reform Bill in view of the difficult position facing many undocumented Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1479/14 asked on 15 Jan 2014 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Brendan Smith: The difficulties facing the undocumented Irish have been aired often in this House through questions and at committee level. Will the Tánaiste ensure that every effort is made at political and official levels to keep pressure on the Members of Congress in the United States to ensure that 2014 will be the year of immigration reform?
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22. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of times since coming to office he has met with US officials to discuss immigration reform and in particular the plight of the undocumented Irish citizens in America, his plans to meet with US officials on this issue over the next six months, and his view on when reform on this issue will happen. (Question 1474/14 asked on 15 Jan 2014 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Brendan Smith: The difficulties facing the undocumented Irish have been aired often in this House through questions and at committee level. Will the Tánaiste ensure that every effort is made at political and official levels to keep pressure on the Members of Congress in the United States to ensure that 2014 will be the year of immigration reform?
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1. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the progress he has made in discussions with the US officials and President Obama regarding the E-3 Visa programme for Irish citizens and the status of the undocumented Irish in upcoming immigration reform legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15822/13 asked on 28 Mar 2013 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore)(Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The position of undocumented Irish immigrants in the United States and the need to provide opportunities for future legal migration between Ireland and the USA through Ireland’s inclusion in the E-3 visa programme are important priorities for the Government. Both objectives featured prominently in the meetings the Taoiseach and I held in Washington with the US Administration and Congress during the...

4. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will outline his views on the recent immigration reform initiative; the plans he has to discuss this initiative with the United States authorities in regard to the position of the undocumented Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9180/13 asked on 20 Feb 2013 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

(Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The welfare of the Irish abroad in general and especially the position of undocumented Irish immigrants in the United States remains an important priority for the Government. A resolution of the situation for undocumented Irish immigrants will continue to be pursued by the Government in our ongoing contacts with the US Administration and Congress.
The advice of Ireland’s friends and contacts within the US Administration and Congress has long been that comprehensive refor...

7. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide an update on his recent engagements with American Senators in respect of resolution for Irish citizens who live without documentation in the USA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8735/13 asked on 20 Feb 2013 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

(Deputy Eamon Gilmore): As I said in my earlier response, the position of the undocumented Irish immigrants in the United States is an important priority for the Government. President Obama has indicated his strong support for progress on comprehensive immigration reform. Work is currently underway in Congress on agreeing the terms of the reform and the indications of emerging bipartisan support for reform are encouraging. In this regard, the Embassy in Washington has intensified its contacts...