- 25 Dec 17
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has said that he is deeply concerned by the rise in the number of undocumented Irish being detained and deported by US immigration officials in the run up to the Christmas.
So much so that he is now calling on the Taoiseach to make the plight of the undocumented Irish in the United States one of his priorities for 2018.
50,000 Irish citizens are estimated to be living in the United States without residency rights. "The threat of deportation is more real than it has been in the past number of years due to the hard-line on immigration being pursued by the Trump administration," he said.
"The crackdown on illegal immigration has intensified in the run up to Christmas, the number of Irish deported from across the US since the Trump administration took power has risen to 34 from 26 last year, according to the most recent deportation figures.