A recent article published by CNN talks about the mostly white, undocumented, Irish immigrants that live in the United States. According to the article, about 50,000 undocumented Irish people live in the United States, and some have lived there for several decades.
The article is not to fear monger about Irish immigrants, or target them out specifically, especially in a time when people are being so vicious and cruel to undocumented immigrants, however, it raises a number of questions about the Trump-era of attacking and deporting undocumented immigrants.
According to the article, generally, undocumented Irish immigrants go some what unnoticed, because the racial element of hatred isn’t there. While Trump has said that he plans to deport all undocumented immigrants, he has not made any specific statements about undocumented Irish people. He’s
“It is easier being illegal here when you’re white,” Shauna, was quoted telling CNN. “It’s not easy, of course, you have that paranoia but there isn’t the racial element. It’s a bit easier to stay under the radar.”
Lots of Trump supporters have been denying that Trump’s actions against undocumented Mexican immigrants have been racist, claiming that their aren’t any white undocumented immigrants in the United States. However, this claim is obviously false. Getting your citizenship isn’t easy, and can take many years, and a considerable amount of funds.
According to the article, the Trump administration has caused a constant level of fear in the Irish community, levels that weren’t seen before Trump became President.
A third to a half of all undocumented immigrants are estimated to have come to the US legally, and just overstayed on visas.
Undocumented people need support, and aide, not to be deported back to wherever they started out from. For many people, the United States is their home now, and many left because of inability to access jobs. Ireland is largely rural, and access to employment is difficult to find.