Ireland should do what the Government wants the US to do and implement a process to regularise the status of undocumented migrants.
Sinn Féin spokesman on housing Eoin Ó Broin TD said Ministers and politicians had gone to the United States asking the president to find a system for regularising undocumented Irish migrants in the US.
He said there were 126,000 undocumented migrants in the Republic. “We need to practise what we preach” and “we should do here what we want the US to do – have a process to regularise their status.”
Mr Ó Broin was speaking during a debate in which the Opposition called for an end to the direct provision system in which the State, through private operators, provides accommodation, food, medical services and a small stipend to 4,500 asylum seekers. They are not allowed to work.