The USA has long been a destination for Irish immigrants. However, the story of Irish immigrants is often one of hidden identities, working in the 'black economy', and trapped in the country, unable to leave for fear of not being able to return.
Fine Gael spokesman on foreign affairs, Peter Barry, has called for greater government action to help illegal Irish immigrants in the United States.
This RTÉ News report from 8 September 1989 shows Peter Barry, accompanied by three other Fine Gael TD's, en route to the US for a five day tour to establish exactly what are the challenges facing illegal Irish immigrants. Peter Barry speaks to reporter Michael Lally about the trip, the proposed Donnelley-Simpson Visa Bill, and the steps that need to be taken to assist the Irish immigrants.