Green card blunder: Irish join US class action
Published 21/06/2011 | 11:14
A lawsuit has been filed against the Federal government in the US alleging it denied 22,000 legal immigrants the right to a Green Card due to a computer blunder.
The class action legal case is being taken by applicants from more than 30 countries - including Ireland.
The lawsuit alleges the State Department informed 22,000 people that they were winners in a lottery for visas, granting permanent resident status.
But later told the winners that in fact they had to be disqualified - because a computer glitch.
In a statement lawyers White & Associates - which took the case on a pro bono basis - said the basis of the case was rooted in the enduring value that "our word is our bond".
Claimed Kenneth White: "In this case our Government has let these individuals down. They have broken a public and written commitment to 22,000 friends of America,"
"Real people have had their dreams unfairly shattered, and as a result, the public image of the US as a fair and honourable country has been damaged around the world."