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Irish American NYC Mayor hopeful pledges support for Irish immigrants

Christine Quinn said she will “fight” to ensure New York is doing everything it can for the 50,000 undocumented Irish.

City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn.
City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn.
Image: (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

THE IRISH AMERICAN and New York Mayor hopeful said she will fight for immigration reform if she wins the race this autumn.

Christine Quinn told IrishCentral.com that she will “fight, like you cannot imagine in Washington” to ensure New York is doing everything it can for the 50,000 undocumented Irish.

Quinn’s four grandparents emigrated from Ireland in the early 1900s, her maternal grandmother was one of the few passengers in steerage on board the Titanic to make it out alive.

Quinn said New York was an “immigrant city” and that is the reason she would make it her “top priorities”.

One of the things that makes New York, New York is that we are an immigrant city.

We will lose part of who we are and what we are if we don’t continue to be an immigrant city.

In a heated debate last week, Anthony Weiner criticised his rival Quinn and her assistance in overturning city term limits in 2009 to give independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg another four years in office.

Quinn, who frequently allies herself with Bloomberg, responded by bringing up Weiner’s admission that he traded illicit online messages with women even after he resigned from Congress in 2011 for similar behaviour.

If no candidate reaches 40 per cent of the vote in the primary stage on September 10, the top two advance to a run-off three weeks later. Public Advocate Bill De Blasio currently tops the field at 30 per cent, followed by Quinn at 24, Thompson at 22, Weiner at 10 and Liu at 6.

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