Archive for April 25th, 2008

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Irish Echo

It has always been the ILIR’s position that Irish immigration to the U.S. is cyclical, depending on the Irish economy. Through the 1920s, the 1950s and the 1980s, Irish people moved to the U.S. for work, and we are seeing the signs of a new cycle as the Irish economy softens.

This issue appears to be more pressing now. The Economist recently warned that the weakening Irish property market could topple the country’s economy because of Ireland’s dependence on construction-related revenue. Unemployment in the Republic is higher than it has been in a decade, while the first quarter’s increase in unemployment was the worst since 1975. Thousands of construction jobs are also at risk in the North because of the downturn in building activity.

This is all the more reason to seek a legal pathway for Irish immigration. From the very beginning, the ILIR aligned ourselves with the Kennedy/McCain bill, which sought to create a conditional path to legal status for all undocumented immigrants. Kennedy/McCain did not promote amnesty, and neither did we. We have never sought amnesty for the undocumented Irish. We sought legality.

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Tina Jillings of Vista California
Tina ‘Big Tuna’ Jillings

A recent California Public Records Request, the kind that raises the ire of the San Diego ACLU, has revealed that illegal alien activist Tina Jillings was caught by Vista city officials while attempting to allow the use of her personal Day Laborer/Illegal Alien Hiring Certificate by an unregistered man who tried to hire a day laborer at the Vista Vons DLS! A sharp code compliance officer on scene issued a citation to the scofflaw who foolishly tried to impersonate the inimmitable Jillings. (We hope he’s in contention for one of those “stupidest criminal” awards.)

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The youngest child of wrongfully imprisoned Border Agent Nacho Ramos is very ill. They are still conducting tests but he may have meningitis. Please send a donation through PayPal to Monica’s father Joe Loya at laJoe@sbcglobal.net You may also send a check payable to Monica Ramos at PO Box 972925, El Paso, Tx. 79997

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