Bishop of Derry hopes for US immigration reformI would have thought that, as the Roman Catholic Bishop of a city like Londonderry, violently divided between Protestant and Catholic, would realize that some people don't want illegal colonists to "contribute fully to their host community.â€?
UNDOCUMENTED IRISH: BISHOP OF Derry Dr S?©amus Hegarty has called for support for the undocumented Irish in the United States.
In a St Patrickâ€™s Day message, he said that he was particularly conscious of their circumstances. â€?While hopes may have dimmed that comprehensive immigration reform will occur this year, they have not been extinguished,â€? he said. â€?It is only by addressing this issue that people may be brought in from the margins of society, enabling them to integrate and contribute fully to their host community.â€?[More]
This is what I said last year:
Happy Saint Patrickâ€™s Day to all our Irish readers, our Irish-American readers, and to legal immigrants from Ireland. (As for illegal Irish immigrants, you can buy a one-way ticket from New York to Shannon fairly cheaply.)
Peter Brimelowâ€™s column was an attempt to explain the St. Patrickâ€™s Day parade to the readers of the London Times in the â€™80s, and mine attempt to explain that nineteenth century Irish immigration was not an unmixed blessing.