Tide turns in US immigration debate

When Irish campaigners made their way to Washington DC last month to press their case for more generous treatment of illegal immigrants, few observers gave them much chance of success.

15th April, 2006

When Irish campaigners made their way to Washington DC last month to press their case for more generous treatment of illegal immigrants, few observers gave them much chance of success.

The protesters numbered about 2,400.The sceptics said the obstacles blocking their way, including an apparently widespread belief among native-born Americans that illegal immigration was endangering their national security, were too high to surmount.

The picture looks very different now. Recent weeks have seen a series...

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