We have all been there.
You are an American citizen and you want to become a citizen.
But it takes a while to get the green light.
Or maybe it takes you a few months, a few years.
There is no guarantee that you will be granted citizenship by the end of that time.
And so, your options are either to wait a few more years, or apply for permanent residency as a refugee.
And the more time you delay, the more chances you have to become an illegal immigrant and become an even more vulnerable citizen in our country.
The Irish-American community has a long and rich history of fighting against immigration, particularly for the rights of our Irish-speaking and Irish-descended citizens.
We have fought for the right to immigrate to this country as a member of our community.
In the early 1900s, we had our own constitution.
In 1917, the United States Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act.
It stated that people could be admitted to this land on the condition that they were not criminals, rapists or traitors to their country.
This was a landmark decision.
It opened the door for us to become citizens and to enjoy the protections of our Constitution.
But that was a long time ago.
Today, many people, including politicians and journalists, are pushing to change the rules of citizenship.
We should be proud of our history and our heritage and our culture.
But we need to be honest about the reality of the situation and how much time is needed for the process to be completed.
In fact, it is not even necessary to wait for the end.
It is up to you to decide whether it is time to go ahead with the application.
But if you think you need to wait, I hope you will reconsider.
If you are going to wait longer, then you are not going to be happy.
If, on the other hand, you do want to move forward, I would like to ask you to consider the following: Are you a good candidate?
Do you have the necessary skills and experience to become part of our new economy?
Do your parents or grandparents have Irish heritage?
Do they speak English or do they not?
Do their children speak English?
Have you lived in this country for any period of time?
Do family members speak English well enough to understand your rights?
Is there a strong reason to believe that you are a good person?
If so, I ask you not to hesitate.
If not, I am sorry, but I cannot help you.
The right to live in this nation should be shared with everyone.
If the answer to all these questions is no, then the best option for you is to stay in Ireland.
It can be a hard process, but the best solution is to accept the reality and move forward.
I would ask you, however, to remember that we are not asking you to leave the country you love.
It will not happen overnight.
But there is hope for you.
You have our commitment that you and your family will always have a home in Ireland and will be welcome here for life.
You will not be forgotten.
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