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Ireland, provisionally, secures special treatment in upcoming U.S. immigration bill


Glaucon

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It seems that this one has passed somewhat under the radar, for understandable reasons, but well done to the Irish embassy and the government if the current provisions make it through to the end; it shows that a small country can still exert a strong degree of influence if it networks intelligently (including avoiding spending millions on lobbyists, as South Korea apparently did):

Ireland and South Korea extracted measures that set aside for their citizens a fixed number of the highly sought special visas for guest workers seeking to come to the United States.
An Irish-American group, working with the Irish Embassy, hired former Representative Bruce Morrison, Democrat of Connecticut, to help push its cause, arguing that changes in immigration law decades ago created an unfair barrier to citizens of Ireland in gaining access to the United States.

In 1990, he inserted a provision, since named the Morrison Visa, into immigration legislation that temporarily gave special preference to citizens of Ireland and a small number of other nations. The current proposal would allow work visas for 10,500 Irish citizens annually who are high school graduates, an unusual opportunity, since such visas are generally reserved for foreigners considered “high skilled.”

Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland joined the effort, making the case with President Obama at St. Patrick’s Day events in Washington.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/us/politics/tucked-in-immigration-bill-special-deals-for-some.html?hp
 

viper999

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He should be working harder on fixing this place, not trying to export our young seems like this is all our political establishment can offer the future generation is the door.
Basket case of a nation that protects golden circles and offers f.uck all to young people
 
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MrFunkyZombaloo

It seems that this one has passed somewhat under the radar, for understandable reasons, but well done to the Irish embassy and the government if the current provisions make it through to the end; it shows that a small country can still exert a strong degree of influence if it networks intelligently (including avoiding spending millions on lobbyists, as South Korea apparently did):

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/us/politics/tucked-in-immigration-bill-special-deals-for-some.html?hp
From the link.

South Korea alone has four lobbying firms in the campaign, paying them collectively at a rate that would total $1.7 million this year, according to required disclosure reports. Other nations generally relied on their own ambassadors and embassy staff to make the push, meaning there is no way to track how much has been spent on the effort.
It would be interesting to know how much the Irish government spent on supporting emigration.


The State should not be lobbying to encourage emigration to the US.
This.
 

GabhaDubh

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The State should not be lobbying to encourage emigration to the US.
The Irish government must view this as helping their bottom line, simply, the reduction of expenditures.
 

Telemachus

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"Yes we Can" - export Irish young people like cattle.
 

nonpartyboy

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He should be working harder on fixing this place, not trying to export our young seems like this is all our political establishment can offer the future generation is the door.
Basket case of a nation that protects golden circles and offers f.uck all to young people
They want to get rid of the people most likely to do something crazy to them, as someone said to me the other day the only people who will be left in this country AGAIN will be the young and the old.
 

Ulster-Lad

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The Irish government lobbying to break laws..... Well I never
 

Elvis jaffacake

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If you go into social welfare offices around the country you'll see up on the training/recruitment for vancancies board, jobs in Canada advertised.....an Irish solution to an Irish problem.:rolleyes:
 

Elvis jaffacake

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The Irish government lobbying to break laws..... Well I never
Not even break, just a good old fashioned bending of them, Paddy style.


Shure wats the harm.....
 
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