Any trace elements indicating that the Dublin government was keeping watch on migration was dispensed this Friday with the announcement by Minister Helen McEntee’s of the naturalisation en masse of tens of thousands of undocumented, ie. illegal immigrants.
Estimated to be a community of between 15,000-20,000 strong (The Department of Justice admits to not really knowing), the decision was long in the making, dovetailing with the dismantling of the asylum system to further tip the scales in favour of the open border lobby.
Announced with gusto by McEntee on state propaganda organ Morning Ireland, the scheme would see those here illegally applying for permanent residency within the state, with no questions asked following the payment of a fee.
The so called scheme with no name, which commences January, entails the following:
- Adults resident in the state illegally for 4 years or more may apply for full legal residency, with that falling to 3 years for those with children.
- The quashing of any Deportation Orders for those who meet the 4 year residency criteria with no history of criminality.
- Those who have arrived to Ireland under the auspices of a student visa and have outstayed their legal residency are liable to apply for regularisation.
- Individuals in the soon to be abolished Direct Provision system for two or more years may also apply for the scheme.
- While not directly relating to Family Reunification, the Department admits that those liable for this scheme may find themselves included in a future policy decision on non-EEA residents.
The move was heavily lobbied for and, in truth, basically written by the open borders lobby, The Migrant Centre of Ireland being chief among them. It parallels recent reforms made by the Department of Justice, making the process more ‘customer centric’ when it comes to removing hurdles to migration. The use of the term ‘customer’, and not citizen or national, suggests the capitalistic manner with which the Irish State now views the warm bodies within its jurisdiction.
With deportations effectively ending since the pandemic began, the announcement was met with the expected media fanfare, as well as a small crowd assembled outside to thank the Minister, amply covered by the press. A much larger crowd assembled that same day to protest the mask mandate for children outside the Dáil, but alas they did not have the institutional backing of the NGO complex, and so received no personal ministerial address, or much in the way of media coverage.
Since any watertight concept of Irish citizenship was thrown onto the bonfire in the 2010s with the giving out of passports like Smarties, such a decision as this merely adds to the migration freefall we find ourselves in.
The fact that overnight a ministerial decision can grant residency and potential citizenship to a cohort greater than Malahide here illegally without a tap of protest in the Dáil, or in the streets, indicates how far from the bounds of reality the State really is.
As always we wait in hope for the populace to muster some actual opposition.