Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has vowed to press President Donald Trump about the way forward for 1000’s of unlawful Irish immigrants dwelling within the US.
He stated that undocumented Irish immigrants needed to stay and contribute within the US.
He was talking in Philadelphia in the beginning of the taoiseach’s annual St Patrick’s Day journey.
Mr Kenny stated their “plight” can be an “absolute precedence” this week.
With international concentrate on President Trump’s immigration insurance policies, Mr Kenny’s efforts to foyer the president will draw a lot curiosity within the coming week.
He informed an Irish-American dinner occasion that he needed to “renew the sturdy case on behalf of the hard-working, tax-paying Irish folks in the US who for too lengthy now have been dwelling within the shadows, and need nothing greater than to proceed making their contribution to this nice nation”.
“All of us perceive that immigration reform is a politically delicate situation,” he added.
“Nonetheless, I actually consider US immigration system that addresses the wants of the undocumented Irish, and gives for future authorized flows, will probably be of giant profit to America.”
Mr Kenny additionally informed the occasion that the Republic of Eire was well-placed to soak up the dangers posed by Brexit and that the economic system had emerged from earlier crises with “renewed power and confidence”.
The taoiseach has additional engagements in Philadelphia on Sunday, together with the town’s annual St Patrick’s parade.
He’ll go to Boston and Rhode Island earlier than travelling to Washington for scheduled political conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.
His go to will conclude in New York on Friday.
Earlier this yr, there had been calls within the Irish parliament for Mr Kenny to boycott the annual visit to the White House within the wake of President Trump’s preliminary journey ban.