October 1, 2007—The IAUC has dedicated itself to the idea that peace can only occur in an atmosphere that promotes frank and open dialogue amongst all parties to the conflict in the North of Ireland. This includes the United States of America, which acting as an “honest broker,” facilitated a political atmosphere that allowed for the birth of the current peace process. The end product of a lasting peace based on enduring democratic principles is now at hand. Recognizing this, the IAUC has welded itself to the role of identifying and speaking out against anyone and anything which has the potential to thwart the development of the peace and democracy in which so many people and groups have invested so much commitment and energy.
In this spirit, the IAUC must state forthrightly that the United States Government, by actively pursuing the deportation of former Irish Republican activists, is markedly out of step with all other parties involved in this political endeavor. The US policy is anachronistic and undermines the concept of a “peace dividend.” By extension this policy will undermine the peace itself.
We urge our government, through our elected representatives and appointed officials, to stand for peace in Ireland. With all the conviction we can muster, we request that the McAllister family be granted permanent resident status. To deny this family legal status would be an affront to our country’s longstanding principles of justice and asylum.
Stop the deportation of the McAllister family.
Irish American Unity Conference