Opinions Offered on Immigration
Republican Club Decries Irish Parliamentarian’s Statement on U.S. Immigration
By Patrick Hurley
President, Regular Republican Club
Queens County Executive, GOP
The statement uttered by Michael Woods, T.D., chairman of the Irish
parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, regarding the Sennsenbrenner/King
Immigration Bill H.R. 4437, is highly offensive, deeply insensitive and
On Feb 19, Michael Woods, T.D., in referring to the Sensenbrenner/King
bill, described the legislation "as a reaction to 9/11 . . . but this is
an over reaction."
Sept. 11 was not an inconvenient aberration, as Mr. Woods flippantly
implies. It was a cowardly, devastating attack on the United States, in
which thousands of our citizens died, a good number of them Irish Americans.
It was also a declaration of war on Western civilization, which, once again,
the United States, as the arsenal of democracy and freedom, bears the brunt
of defending. Mr. Woods should apologize to those thousands, especially
those Irish Americans, who lost loved ones and friends on that day of infamy.
For 40 years, since the 1965 Kennedy Immigration Act, U.S. immigration
policy has been totally chaotic and completely at odds with our cultural,
economic and security interests. This emasculating situation finally realized
its potential on Sept. 11, when it was exploited by Middle Eastern terrorists
to plan and launch their cowardly attack. Investigations, subsequent to
9/11, which have successfully thwarted more attacks, have revealed how
our dysfunctional immigration system has been further exploited by terrorists.
We are confident that we speak for all Irish American Republicans, indeed
for all Republicans, Conservatives and conservative Democrats, when we
laud Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Judiciary
Committee and Rep. Peter King of New York, chairman of the House Homeland
Security Committee, for their courage, integrity and initiative in crafting
this excellent piece of legislation. In this time of war , HR 4437 will
be an indispensable defensive tool. It will go a long way towards securing
our borders, our interior and in keeping our citizens safe.
It is highly inappropriate for Mr. Woods, as the representative of a
foreign parliament to attempt to overtly influence the legislative process
of the U.S. Congress, or to frustrate Americans in our endeavors to protect
our country. As Ireland begins to wrestle with its own domestic immigration
challenges, perhaps Mr. Woods’ constituents should consider the adverse
security implications for them of his flippant and reckless attitude to
the concept of illegal immigration, in the post Sept. 11 environment.
Mr. Woods implies that the solution to the illegal Irish problem is
the maintenance of a limbo situation, where undocumented Irish immigrants
are allowed to continue to exist outside the law, in the netherworld of
illegal status. Unlike Mr. Woods, we believe that the solution to the problem
is legislation that would correct the discriminatory effects of the 1965
Kennedy Immigration Act, which effectively shut the Irish, Italians and
Polish and others out of the United States. Such legislation must also
regularize the status of undocumented immigrants from those countries and
eventually allow them to enjoy the privileges and assume the obligations
of U.S. citizenship.
Rep. Peter King, the co-author of HR 4437, is a true friend of Ireland.
Long before the Good Friday Agreement, Pete King was standing shoulder
to shoulder with the nationalist people of the Northern Irish statelet,
when politicians in Dublin, London and Hyannisport were running for cover.
We are confident that with sincere friends like Pete King in our corner,
we can resolve the undocumented Irish problem, once and for all, within
the context of restructuring our immigration policy to address critical
U.S. cultural, economic and security interests. Too many Irish Americans
died on Sept.. 11, and have died in the ongoing war against radical Islam,
for us to accept anything less.
Ultimately, the undocumented Irish problem is an issue for Irish Americans,
as U.S. citizens, to resolve, We appreciate any support that the Irish
Government, or Irish representatives, can render us, within the parameters
of diplomatic norms, but, ultimately, it is an issue for American citizens.
Inappropriate interventions like that of Mr. Woods will only hinder rather
Irish Governments Asked to Pledge Determination to Get Status for Irish
Immigrants Living in America.
By Alasdair McDonnell, MP
SDLP Deputy Leader
The Irish and British Governments must work together to put pressure
on the American government to give due status to Irish people, whether
from the North or the South, living in the US illegally.
It is a duty on all political representatives on this island to protect
the rights of Irish people living in the United States of America. Together
we must persuade American politicians to recognize the valuable contribution
Irish people make to their economy and community life. We must ask them
to do all in their power to maintain the strong links between Ireland and
America. The best way to do this is by backing the Kennedy/McCain Immigration
Bill which would provide for a route to legality for undocumented people.
While the number of illegals is estimated at 25,000, this completely
that is not even taking into account the thousands of people from the North
living in the States.
I urged both governments to work together with all representatives on
this island to pursue this goal. Both Dermot Ahern and Peter Hain understood
the concerns of thousands families who have loved ones working and living
in America. They listened to our ideas on how to go forward on this issue.
Over the coming months, the SDLP will be working with all elected representatives
on this island to secure rights for Irish illegals..."
Issues May Day Solidarity Statement
The Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America issue solidarity
greetings to our comrades and fellow workers around the world on the working
class holiday of May Day, also known as International Workers' Day. In
your fight against oppression, exploitation, and imperialism, and even
your daily struggle to survive in an increasingly impoverished world, we
As the North American section of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement,
we extend our greetings to our comrades and fellow members of the IRSM
in the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Irish National Liberation Army,
Republican Socialist Youth Movement, Republican Socialist Martyrs Flute
Bands, Teach Na Failte, and the James Connolly Society. We reiterate that
we remain committed to the movement and its struggle for national and class
On behalf of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement, we also extend
solidarity greetings to our comrades and fellow workers around the world,
in particular the following organizations and individuals:
All-African People's Revolutionary Party, All Pakistan Trade Union Federation,
Chicago Hunger Strike Commemoration Committee, Communist League, Communist
Party of Cuba, Communist Party of Nepal, Communist Party of the Philippines,
Communist Party of Spain (Reconstituted), Concerned Group for Republican
Prisoners, Debs Tendency of the Socialist Party USA, Free People's Movement,
Freedom Socialist Party, Irish Freedom Committee, Irish prisoner of war
Aiden Hulme and all other Irish prisoners of war resisting criminalization,
Na Claiomhte Solais, Northeastern Federation of Anarchist Communists, Organization
of Iranian People's Fedaii Guerillas, our communist comrades in Italy,
Peace and Freedom Party, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,
Radical Women, Rising Youth, Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, Seattle
Anti-Imperialist Committee, Worker-Communist Parties of Iran and Iraq,
Working Women Organization, and all who are struggling to liberate the
working class from the shackles of capitalism and imperialism.
Since last May Day, we have seen workers' movements grow in determination
and militancy. New York, Dublin, London, and most especially France have
seen major actions of workers resisting privatization and attacks on living
standards. In Dublin, working class anger manifested itself in the streets
in response to the reactionary Love Ulster march by supporters of British
imperialism. In the United States a mass movement of immigrant laborers
have asserted themselves against the criminal regime which threatens them
and treats them as non-human while viciously exploiting their labor power.
The unity of the working class has not been this high in many years and
appears to be growing in relation to the increasing decadence and incompetence
of the ruling class.
The Irish Republican Socialist Movement always attempts to point the
way forward for our class. In Ireland we believe conditions are growing
for a republican socialist alternative to fill the void in revolutionary
politics. It is likely that the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement
will not take place. This aside, neither the GFA nor any other imperialist-brokered
settlement will resolve the fundamental contradiction at the heart of Irish
society. Only a socialist Ireland with full self-determination can begin
to do that.
As our great teacher and martyr James Connolly said, "The great only
appear great because we are on our knees, let us arise!"
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America