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Taoiseach: I will support any decision that allows undocumented Irish return home from US

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny said he would not interfere in US politics but would support any decision that would allow undocumented Irish living in the US return home.

Mr Kenny was speaking following reports that US President Barack Obama is planning to give an executive to block deportation of illegal undocumented who have American born children.

“It is not for me to interfere in the American political system but I do think that this is a very topical issue here and it is a very hot issue for the Irish,” he said.

“I know the balance is between the President using his executive authority and the new changes in the set-up on Capitol Hill between the Senate and the Congress.”

He added: “I am not going to interfere in that except to say that Ireland will be very supportive of measures dealing with immigration which will solve our particular problem of the 50,000 that we have here who are undocumented.

So obviously the political system will reflect on what it can do and hopefully whatever conclusions arrived at it is going to benefit our undocumented here in the United States. We would be very supportive of that.”

Speaking at an Ireland US Council dinner last night, Mr Kenny said some Irish people living in America are not "fully free because they cannot go home".

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