Gilmore pushes for immigration reform in US
On the back of the approval of the US immigration reform bill, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is in Washington today to lobby for comprehensive reform of the country's immigration system.
With over 50,000 undocumented Irish currently residing in the US, Gilmore’s efforts will include the possibility of securing a visa regime for future legal migration between the two countries.
During the course of his visit, Gilmore will meet numerous leading party representatives including Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
Following Republican discussions in the House of Representatives last night around granting legal status to upwards of 12m legal immigrants presently living in the US, no agreement was reached.
Drafted by a cross-party group of eight senators, the legislation has already passed the Democrat-led Senate. President Obama has made immigration reform one of his second-term legislative targets.