Obama's blow to illegal Irish in the US
The coverage of US presidential hopeful Barack Obama by the media here, and commentary on how his election might benefit Ireland, seems to have ignored one glaringly obvious point. In his short time in the US senate, Mr Obama has already helped to deal a huge blow to the Irish diaspora in America.
In June of last year, he played an instrumental role in the defeat of the so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, which had been crafted by an unlikely coalition which included President George W Bush, Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy.
Had it been passed, this delicately crafted legislation would have brought a resolution to the legal limbo affecting thousands of Irish immigrants in the US.
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