Unjust deporation of Malachy McAllister – A grievous insult to Irish Americans


Malachy McAllister, an Irish-American businessman who has lived an exemplary life in this country for over twenty years, was deported today despite repeated appeals over many years by Irish Americans and Members of Congress to the Department of Homeland Security/ICE to allow Mr. McAllister to stay. It is with great sadness that this gentleman cannot stay in this country, a place where his children grew up and where he owned and operated his own businesses, paid his taxes and conducted himself at all times as an upright, contributing member of American society. It is also a disgrace to the America which we know and hold dearly. For over twenty years, members of the Irish American Unity Conference worked with other Irish organizations, supportive Members of Congress, and many other Americans of various backgrounds who understand that people from all over the world have come to America to seek asylum, safety, and a new life. The inhumane treatment of Mr. McAllister and his family shatters this tradition of inclusiveness and decency.

The IAUC is grateful for the many Members of Congress who worked tirelessly on his behalf, as well as Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Earnest appeals were made to the head of the DHS and directly to the White House, all to no avail. Malachy was badly injured recently and rather than give him time to heal, as recommended by his doctors, he was ordered to be flown back to Ireland immediately, on a medical transport plane, without his family.
Mr. McAllister’s ordeal is a glaring example of how broken – and cruel – our asylum and immigration system has become. Malachy McAllister and his family are just one more casualty. His deportation represents nothing less than a callous disregard of what America should stand for and the ideal it represents to so many Irish people and others who need our help.


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