Freedom Folks

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Fight for the Irish?

Source: Irish Abroad
As the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) gears up to take their campaign across the Atlantic with a meeting set for this Saturday, April 14, at Jurys Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin, family and friends of the undocumented are putting the work in place to ensure that Jury’s will have a full house.

Tracey Bradley from Donegal has two undocumented sisters living in the U.S. and several cousins, and she has put her heart and soul into informing her local community about the importance of the meeting in Dublin.

Bradley, 32 hails from Inch Island in Co. Donegal. She, her husband Declan and their daughter Joanne, 3, like so many other families, have had to make the 3,000 mile trek to the U.S. to visit her siblings because Joanne aunties can’t visit her.

“We’ve visited them twice since Joanne was born but they’ve never been to our new home in Buncrana,” said Bradley sadly.
So let me get this straight. This woman believes that her family is being unfairly kept apart because we have immigration laws. Her poor sisters -- who live in New York and Boston, and wish to remain anonymous for very obvious reasons -- are being persecuted for breaking those laws.

The sisters did risk one trip back to Ireland when their father died in 2002, but...
Since 2002 the sisters have been forced to catch up on their daily lives via the telephone and the Bradley’s infrequent trips. She describes not being able to have her sisters come freely back as a “jail sentence.”
Well, it's a "jail" your sisters are free to walk out of at any time, since they have "sentenced" themselves -- and you -- to "doing time" in it. End your "incarceration" -- I beg you!
Bradley feels that the Irish are doing the right thing in the U.S., and she sees them wanting to declare their presence here as a positive move. “My sisters have all grown to love and know the U.S. as their home now,” she says.
Doing the right thing? Working to undermine the laws that are the foundation of this great country? Bitching about having to suffer the consequences of their actions -- which they're actually not, since they're STILL HERE?
It was this desperation and the pleas from her family here in the U.S. that got Bradley, a restaurant manager, involved in the “fight for the Irish,” as she calls it.


Bradley not only feels the meeting is imperative for her sisters here in the U.S., but she also says she thinks it’s important for those in Ireland who aspire to work in the U.S. in the future.
It sounds like Bradley wants an open door to America for anyone who wants to come. Especially if they're Irish.

But you know what? Bradley isn't a U.S. citizen. Neither are her two lawbreaking sisters. Nor are the millions of other illegal aliens in this country who have somehow come to the erroneous conclusion that they should be rewarded for breaking our laws rather than punished.

I, however, am a U.S. citizen.

Anyone who has so little respect for this country that they're comfortable not only breaking our laws, but also bringing a severely misguided sense of entitlement with them when they come, can get and stay the hell out.

Don't need ya. Don't want ya.


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