Joe McHugh, Fine Gael TD for Donegal North East, said he was “cautiously optimistic” that there would be movement on immigration reform in the United States after the next elections there.
Deputy McHugh made his remarks after raising the issue last week with US civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. The deputy spoke with the men at Iveagh House, where Congressman Lewis delivered an address on the global legacy of the US civil rights movement.
“Many parents from Donegal have been campaigning for many years on this issue and it’s an issue which I will continue to pursue,” Deputy McHugh said. He also raised the issue with Texas Congressman Kevin Brady last September in Washington, D.C. and said he had been encouraged by the congressman’s belief that reform was “difficult but doable”.
Deputy McHugh said he was further encouraged last week to hear of a willingness to see through passage of the bill.