The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform says 2,400 people attended its rally in Washington DC today to try to put pressure on the US government to reform its immigration policy.

The US Senators Ted Kennedy, John McCain, and Hilary Clinton addressed the rally.

Irish people, living both legally and illegally in the US, travelled via coach from New York to Washington DC today.

Hundreds more came from Philadelphia, Boston and further afield.

Their bill, one amongst several being debated at the moment, offers the chance to the estimated 20,000 Irish undocumented to secure a visa. 

There are estimated to be almost 12 million people living in the US without visas.