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Crowley Leads Bi-Partisan Letter Calling for Secretary Chertoff to Prevent Deportation of Malachy McAllister

Date: April 28, 2006
Location: Washington, DC


Crowley Leads Bi-Partisan Letter Calling for Secretary Chertoff to Prevent Deportation of Malachy McAllister

Crowley Leads Bi-Partisan Letter in Support of Malachy McAllister and His Family from Deportation

Washington, DC—Congressman Joseph Crowley, a co-Chair of the Congressional Ad-Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs joined Friends of Ireland Chair James Walsh (R-NY) along with Reps. Richard Neal (D-MA), Anthony David Weiner (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) in authoring a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff asking him to intervene to stop the deportation of Malachy McAllister and his children.

"Malachy has served time for his crimes and is not a terrorist threat to the United States. Returning him and his family to Northern Ireland would put him at grave risk. When Congress passed tight terrorism laws we designed them to keep terrorists who threaten our nation out. Not to cause pain and suffering to hard working people living peacefully within. Malachy has shown that he is determined to live his life in the United States peacefully and to put his past in Northern Ireland behind him. To deport him and his family would be immoral," said Congressman Joseph Crowley.

Recently the Third Circuit Court of Appeals based in Philadelphia ruled against Malachy's appeal for deportation. In writing on the case Judge Maryanne Trump Barry wrote "I cannot find a way to keep Malachy in this country and I have surely tried."

Without direct intervention by Secretary Chertoff, Malachy will be deported back to the North of Ireland where he would be subject to sectarian threats if not graver danger.

"As a bi-partisan group of Members of Congress dedicated to supporting and seeing the peace process in Northern Ireland move forward, we call upon Secretary Chertoff to use the power invested in him by this Congress to prevent Malachy's imminent deportation," said Congressman Joseph Crowley.

http://crowley.house.gov/news/record.asp?id=796

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