Posts Tagged ‘Immigration’

Irish Favor Birthright Citizenship

As other western countries are endorsing populist agendas on tightening immigration policy, Ireland is voicing its opposition to such restrictions, overwhelmingly in favor of reinstating birthright citizenship. A Sunday Times poll found that 71 percent favored birthright citizenship, while 19 percent were opposed and 10 percent undecided. Three days later, a proposal on the matterRead more..

The Last Word:
JFK at 100

What is the best way to properly mark the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy? ℘℘℘ On May 29, a series of events across the country will mark what would have been John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s 100th birthday. Already, the United States Postal Service has released a commemorative stamp. And in the Kennedy family’s historic hometownRead more..

Boston Mayor Walsh Stands up for Immigrants

Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh has emerged nationally as a fiery opposition voice in the early days of the Trump Administration. The day after the inauguration, Walsh gave a speech at a women’s rally on Boston Common, attended by 150,000 people. Then, when the White House targeted travelers from seven countries from entering the U.S., Walsh convenedRead more..

Annie Moore’s Long Lost Irish Cousins

Megan Smolenyak writes about a decade-long search that finally turned up the Irish cousins of Annie Moore of Ellis Island fame. Thanks to improved access to a variety of resources, Irish genealogy is gradually becoming easier, but challenges remain, and one of the most daunting is finding living relatives. ℘℘℘ When Annie Moore, the IrishRead more..

Changes to J-1 Visa Requirements

The two sponsoring bodies that administer the vast majority of Irish participants in the J-1 Summer visa program have announced a plan to introduce a new requirement for applicants to secure a job prior to arriving in the U.S. beginning in the 2016 application cycle. The change affects applicants from countries in the Visa WaiverRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Martin O’Malley Dines with Undocumented Family

Yesterday Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley accepted an invitation to dine with an undocumented family, becoming the first presidential candidate to do so while on the campaign trail. O’Malley ate a mid-day meal with the Ramirez family of Austin Texas as part of a handful of immigrant-rights advocacy groups invitation to participate in “DAPA Dinners,”Read more..

One in Six Irish-Born
Living Abroad

Two recent reports from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Central Statistics Office show that more than one in six Irish-born no longer live in Ireland. In the latest biennial assessment of the Irish economy published by the OECD, it is reported that in 2014, 17.5% of all people over age 15 thatRead more..

Martin O’Malley Releases Immigration Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley announced what has been the most comprehensive plan for immigration reform yet seen by a Democratic hopeful this election season at a round table discussion in New York City in July. Speaking with eight members of the community, including Siobhan Dennehy, Executive Director of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, O’MalleyRead more..

The First Word: We Are All Immigrants

And  so it begins. A new year, and already a happy one with the election of an Irish mayor in Boston. And who better to embody the tough, tireless, tender trajectory of our Irish story, than Marty Walsh, son of immigrants and champion of the working class. Marty’s campaign, aimed at a range of ethnic and social groups,Read more..

Photo Album: Bridget’s Shawl

Bridget O’Donnell of Cork, Ireland, my great-grandmother, was sent out to Boston by her father in 1846. A recent discovery of her photograph in the Lyons family bible reignites interest in her story and our origins. Bridget was 14 years old, soon to be 15, when her father took her to Cobh, expecting to bookRead more..