Beltway Happenings
May 17, 2006--Attention has centered on the question of immigration from Mexico, but other nationalities have a stake in the outcome of this debate.  On May 17, immigration reform advocates lobbied on Capitol Hill (later in the afternoon there was an "immigrant rights mass rally and march" on the Mall - photos).  Although the majority of those who lobbied have roots in Mexico and Latin America, a number of Irish made the rounds as well.  The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) launched in Dec. 2005; according to its website there are an estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish in the United States. 
Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR)
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