'This country is going to be crazy for the next four years' - Irish-American families' fears over Trump presidency
Published 15/11/2016 | 02:30
Donald Trump's election has heightened fears among Irish-Americans who are in the country illegally - but few expect him to actually follow through on his threat to initiate widespread deportations.
The president-elect has signalled immigration policy reform will be key to his tenure, with the J1 working visa and undocumented residents among his targets.
Despite being an illegal resident in New York for 18 years Keelan McLaughlin from Buncrana, Co Donegal runs a successful electrical contracting business.
"Trump wouldn't want me in here at all. It's an ongoing joke. This country is going to be crazy for the next four years," he told the Irish Independent.
"I don't know if he'll do as much with immigration as he says. He won't be allowed to do it. You're not talking about three months time. It will be two to three years before he can do anything."
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Michelle Shanaghy-Dahl from Cavan is married to an American and has two children, aged two and four.
She has a family member who is illegal but shares the view that there's no need to be overly worried just yet.
"He's all talk. He's not going to be able to round them all up," she said.
Declan Kennedy (24), from Kerry, went on a J1 to Chicago four years ago before moving back to the 'Windy City' the following year after he was granted a visa.
He found work as an engineer and has regular employment but said he is worried about his future in the country.
"There is a lot of hype about there being big changes on the way and a part of me does think that a lot of what Trump has promised cannot happen because there are so many other people calling the shots there too."
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Kieron Crampsey from Donegal has been in New York since 2002 and owns the Three Monkeys pub in Manhattan.
He described Trump as "just a maniac", but added that many reasonable people voted Trump to "shake things up".