Ireland must lead the way on migration
Ireland must "practice what we preach" if we want US President-elect Donald Trump to help the 50,000 undocumented Irish migrants in the USA, the Dáil has been told.
Labour leader Brendan Howlin said there are up to 26,000 undocumented migrants in Ireland - up to 6,000 of these are children "living in the shadows". Mr Howlin noted the priority given by the Taoiseach to lobbying for Irish immigrants in the USA in his first response to Mr Trump's election.
But he warned Mr Trump's policy was diametrically opposed to the Irish Government's aims. "He has promised to deport illegal immigrants in the first 100 days - and the clock is ticking," he said.
Replying for the Government, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, said the Government remains determined to help find a remedy for undocumented Irish immigrants in the US and the Taoiseach mentioned this to Mr Trump.
Ms Fitzgerald added that she was working with the Migrant Council of Ireland and hoped people could regularise their position.