Breen welcomes move on identity cards for “undocumented Irish” in New York City

June 28th, 2014 - Pat Breen

mayor-de-blasio-of-new-yorkThe Fine Gael TD for Clare and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs

and Trade, Pat Breen TD, has called a move by New York City Council to allow identity cards for undocumented immigrants “a real step forward”.

He said: “Thousands of Irish people can now benefit from the new ‘New York Identity Card’. It means they can have access to city services, and can now do things like open bank accounts, sign a lease, or visit a doctor.

“I want to praise the work of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, and I also want to praise New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who is keeping his promise to ‘not force any of (New York) residents to live their lives in the shadows.’

“This is an important step on the road to normalising the situation of undocumented immigrants – such as the undocumented Irish. We remain hopeful that progress on this front will help change the lives of thousands of Irish people who live in the US for the better.”