Irishman who lived in US illegally for a decade is deported


BOSTON (AP) — A prominent Irishman who lived illegally in Boston for years has been deported, closing a case that has generated fear and anxiety within the state's sizeable Irish expat community.
John Cunningham returned to Ireland on Wednesday night, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed on Thursday. The 38-year old electrical contractor had been in custody since he was arrested at his home on June 16.
Federal immigration officials have said Cunningham represented an "enforcement priority" because he overstayed a 90-day visa by more than a decade.
"His significant overstay was cause and reason enough," ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls said last week. "Someone who overstays a visitor visa is flagrantly violating the granted benefit."
Cunningham was subject to mandatory detention and wasn't entitled to a hearing under the terms of the visa.
But advocates of the Irish community in Massachusetts, home to an estimated 12,000 of the nation's 50,000 Irish living in the U.S. illegally, complained the punishment overlooked Cunningham's positive contributions.
Cunningham, who didn't immediately comment through his lawyer, had been a past chairman of the local Gaelic Athletic Association, which organized traditional Irish sports competitions. He had also appeared on a national news show in Ireland to share his experience of living in the United States illegally months before his arrest.
But Cunningham had also had a warrant for his arrest for failing to show up in court over a $1,300 dispute with a customer.
The Boston-based Irish International Immigrant Center said it's "a sad day when our government imprisons immigrants who contribute so much to our country and society."
"Like so many upstanding, hardworking and decent immigrants, John's deportation makes no sense, and we are not any the more safer for not having him here," center executive director Ronnie Millar said Thursday.
The Irish International Immigrant Center was among the groups that organized a rally in front of downtown Boston's Irish Famine Memorial on Thursday in opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration policies, including his sweeping crackdown on people living in the country illegally. Trump, a Republican, has said the policies are necessary and are meant to keep the nation safe.

It's obvious that Ms. Millar just doesn't get it.  Cunningham was here illegally.  It doesn't matter how "good" a guy he is.  He was here illegally and it's a matter of principle.  

When he was issued his visitor's visa, he more or less gave his word that he would abide by the terms of it, and one of those terms was that he must leave in 90 days or less.  He broke his word.  His reasons for doing it are irrelevant.  The fact is he broke the law.  That's all we need to know.  
Also, his race is also irrelevant.  Illegal is illegal.  The ANP does not play favourites or make exceptions for Whites.  Whether we're talking about an illegal of colour, or a White illegal, they all must go.  My maternal grandparents came from Ireland, but they did it the right way and even had to come through Ellis Island, which was not a very pleasant place.
Personally, I'd like to see a ten year moratorium on ALL immigration.  I'll settle for five.  We need to halt all immigration for at least a few years because of all the mass immigration in the past few decades.  We need time to restore some balance here.  When the immigrants start to out number the native born, then something is really wrong.
Dan 88!


  1. i agree a 1,000 percent there Dan, no matter what he was and is guilty for breaking the law !

    1. Exactly. My mom's folks were from The Emerald Isle, and they came here the right way - including going through that hellhole called Ellis Island.

      Dan 88!

  2. I remember a few days ago, I was talking to this woman. She told me that she's against illegal immigration and that she agrees on some of the things that Trump said. But, she then tells me that the illegals we should deport are the "Bad" ones and the "good" illegals should stay.

    She then goes on saying that the U.S. needs illegal immigration because our standard of living will go lower if we don't. She says "who's gonna deliver your food? Who's gonna do the construction work? Who's gonna work in agriculture picking vegetables out? etc etc.

    She also went on to saying that Americans are lazy they don't want to do the work or they demand more pay.

    This woman is an obvious liberal who is very delusional. Let's break it down: First of all the law says that if someone comes to this country without proper documents they violated a crime and should be deported. If you came here with a visitor visa for 90 days, you must leave the country in 90 days or less. If you don't you violated the law and must be deported.

    Good or bad illegal is irrelevant. If you violated immigration laws you committed a crime and should be deported. Yes, it should be about principle. I wanna see if I go to Mexico illegally to find a job. I would want them to keep me there. After all, I'm a "good" illegal. You know what would happen? They would deport me right away. That's because Mexico's laws are more strict than ours.

    The second thing I would like to point out, is illegal immigration doesn't contribute to our standard of living. We are being hurt by it financially. These illegals are not here to build America, they're here to take our jobs, to be exploited and take that little money back to their native country. It's actually costing us jobs because of it.

    The people who're actually benefiting from illegal immigration are 2 groups: 1. The politicians (primarily the Democrats). That way they can get more votes. 2. The big Judeo Capitalist corporations. They love the cheap labor. By the way, some of these factories are owned by Republican politicians so both parties have an invested interest in illegal immigration.

    In my opinion, immigration both legal and illegal should be put into a halt. The problem with immigration is not just that it takes a lot of jobs. But it also contributes to more crowded streets. Where I live in NYC, there has been a huge increase in congested streets. If we deport more than half of these illegals, think about the space we will have. Not only that, think about the major decrease in traffic congestion. Immigration should be stopped once and for all for the welfare of this nation. 88

    1. I agree with you completely, comrade. I often say I would like to see a ten year halt on all immigration to help restore the balance in this country. I'll settle for five years.

      Dan 88!


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