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Who's Your Paddy?Racial Expectations and the Struggle for Irish American Identity$
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Jennifer Nugent Duffy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785027

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785027.001.0001

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Paddy and Paddiette Go to Washington

Paddy and Paddiette Go to Washington

Race and Transnational Immigration Politics

(p.201) 6 Paddy and Paddiette Go to Washington
Who's Your Paddy?

Jennifer Nugent Duffy

NYU Press

This chapter follows the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR), which organized in December 2005 to “legalize the Irish,” maintaining that calls for a zero tolerance approach to immigration at both the national and the state level encouraged this organization to adopt a race-conscious and racist lobbying agenda, and to work undocumented Irish immigrants into good Paddies. Race politics surrounding immigration both in the United States and in the Republic of Ireland, however, stalled efforts to change the legal status of the undocumented Irish. And with severe downturns in both nations’ economies—the former beginning in 2007 and the latter in 2008—their legal status remains ever the more precarious.

Keywords:   Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, ILIR, immigration, zero tolerance approach, race-consciousness, undocumented Irish immigrants, race politics

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