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Flanagan expresses disappointment at US Supreme Court Split Decision on immigration measures

Consular, Ireland, Irish abroad, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, North America, 2016

 

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has expressed his disappointment at the announcement today that the US Supreme court had split 4-4 on a decision on President Obama’s immigration Executive Orders, which would have allowed millions of undocumented immigrants who are the parents of citizens or of lawful permanent residents to remain legally in the US.

Minister Flanagan said:

“I understand that the US Supreme Court has split on whether to allow the implementation of a new programme to grant Deferred Action status to illegal immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or Green Card holders. This means that the decision of the lower court to block the programme’s implementation stands.

“I am obviously very disappointed that the President’s Executive Action, which might have benefited many of the Irish undocumented, will not now go ahead. Achieving relief for the undocumented Irish remains a key objective for both myself and for the Government and we will continue to work with Irish immigration activists and with our friends on Capitol Hill to encourage immigration reform in the US.”

ENDS

Press Office

23 June 2016