Nevertheless, illegal aliens from Ireland continue to arrive to steal American jobs, like they were entitled to do so because of the history of Irish immigration (legal) to this country.
Interestingly, Irish complained loud and long about the immigration to their own country during its brief boom. The Irish expressed anger about the quarter million Poles who had flocked to the tiny island for job opportunities, as well as diverse thousands of others. Itâ€™s not surprising then that a 2009 Ireland survey discovered a preference for limits: Seven out of 10 favour immigration restrictions.
Yet the illegal Irish think it is totally swell to impose themselves on the American job market and steal employment that by law belongs to US citizens. Arrogant Paddy-pests do it largely because there is no jail time for job theft; the worst punishment is a free ride home.
In addition, they can hook in to existing social networks to find work quickly â€” just like illegal Mexicans and other invasive moochers.
Whatâ€™s needed is national expansion of Operation Streamline, a Zero-Tolerance program which started in the Del Rio Sector and has been hugely successful. Rather than being held briefly and then released to try again, illegal border crossers are prosecuted and jailed. Funny how well punishment works as a deterrent.
Since the Irish generally enter with temp visas and then never leave, universal workplace eligibility checks are needed, with the application of Operation Streamline to those found to be illegal aliens.
New York, New Work: The New Irish Exodus, Sky News, December 24, 2010See? Illegal Irish think they are so special that unemployed Americans should just get out of their way to paychecks.
The number of people travelling from Ireland to New York to find work is rising, according to the cityâ€™s Irish community leaders.
Faced with 13.5% unemployment at home, many young people are travelling in on tourist visas and picking up jobs as undocumented workers in the construction or hospitality industries.
Sky News Online spoke to three Irish community and immigration centres in areas with large Irish populations, and all said there is strong anecdotal evidence that numbers have risen in the past 12 months.
Paul Finnegan, executive director of the New York Irish Centre in Queens, said requests for advice and assistance have increased tenfold in the past year. [CONTACT — phone: (718) 482-0909; Email form]
â€?I talk about the fact that pubs, which are always gathering places for the Irish and many other nations, in recent years have seen a new surge of crowds going to them around New York,â€? he said.
â€?I look around and I know that there are young men and women there that would not have the opportunity to get a green card.
â€?Iâ€™m not saying that theyâ€™ve overstayed their visitorâ€™s visa, Iâ€™m just saying that Iâ€™m observing huge numbers that I have not seen in before.â€?
Vanessa, who did not want to be fully identified, came into the States on a tourist visa and now works illegally in a restaurant in New York.
She told Sky News Online: â€?I got laid off at home from my job so I decided to come over here because I knew that Iâ€™d get work here even though I wouldnâ€™t be legal.
â€?I had to come away and get work because I wasnâ€™t willing to stay at home on the dole. I was at college for four years and got my degree, and I just couldnâ€™t face not being in work.
â€?I have a couple of friends who are left in Ireland now and they just feel like theyâ€™re being left behind, so theyâ€™re saving their social welfare to flee the country.â€?
By September 2009 more people were leaving Ireland than arriving, and by April 2010 net migration was the highest since the recession-hit 80s.
The best available official estimate for numbers of Irish in New York, both legal and undocumented, comes from the US Census Bureau, which put the figure at 29,647 in 2009.
Orla Kelleher, the executive director of the Aisling Irish Community Centre based in Queens and The Bronx, thinks the true number is probably much higher.
â€?Based on what we are seeing there has been a big increase,â€? she said.
â€?The vast majority of the well established Irish community are here legally, but there are always those who are willing to take risks with their immigration status.â€?
Ciaran Staunton owns a well-known Irish bar in Manhattan and lobbies the US government to improve immigration laws for Irish people.
â€?Americaâ€™s always been an escape valve for Ireland,â€? he said. [CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org]
â€?Everyone in Ireland has relations here and most of them will get work as soon as they arrive because thereâ€™s someone looking out for them.
â€?In the last number of months weâ€™ve seen a big influx of young Irish people.
â€?Theyâ€™ve said â€?Well, weâ€™ve two choices. The choice is either stay in Ireland, legal, unemployed, with no certainty for the future, or get a job, chance our arm in America, perhaps undocumented, but as most of our friends have jobs, letâ€™s come over there and try itâ€™.â€?