Ireland lauds Obama's immigration reform move

AP News
Posted: Nov 21, 2014 7:29 AM

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is lauding President Barack Obama's executive orders granting new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States, saying the reforms will allow thousands of Irish citizens to attend Irish weddings and funerals without fear of being barred from returning to their American lives.

Across Europe, politicians and analysts praised Obama's move to confront Republican Party opposition in Congress. One German newspaper said Friday that Obama "has returned to the 'Yes I can' of days past."

The move struck a particular nerve in Ireland, which has exported millions of citizens to the United States — including an estimated 50,000 living there illegally. Irish governments have lobbied the White House for two decades to grant them U.S. residency.

Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan called Obama's executive orders "real progress."