Pallone Calls for Renewed Friendship with Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) made the following statement celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and calling for even stronger ties between the United States and Ireland.
“I have the honor of representing a large population of Irish-Americans in New Jersey. I know firsthand that their traditions and culture lend so much vibrancy to all of our communities. As thousands in New Jersey brave the cold to head out to their favorite St. Patrick’s Day Parade this month, it is clearer than ever that this holiday is truly a symbol of the success of Irish-Americans in the nation.
“For many in America of Irish ancestry, including thousands in my congressional district, St. Patrick’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the 35 million Americans who trace their heritage to Ireland. Those who immigrated to the United States from Ireland often faced great obstacles to achieve the American dream, but their determination and contributions undoubtingly make our country stronger.
“The Irish-American experience is a reminder of the role that immigration has played in our nation’s story and it should inform our opinions as we debate our immigration policy today.
“Ireland continues to be a beacon of democracy and prosperity in Europe and it is essential that the United States stands with its ally as we confront the 21st century. Brexit will undoubtedly bring about challenges for the emerald isle, but it should be made clear that Americans will stand with it during this uncertain time.
“It is my hope that the U.S.-Irish relationship is not one just celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day, but one that we work to expand and build upon for many years ahead.”