Congressman Eliot Engel with Malachy McAllister
By Irish Echo Staff
Adding to the furious political reaction to the deportation from the United States of Malachy McAllister, Congressman Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has expressed his outrage over the Belfast man's removal from American soil and his New Jersey home.
And, critically, Engel indicated that he would work in the future to make possible McAllister's return to America.
Said Engel in a statement: “I am outraged that the Trump Administration is kicking Malachy McAllister out of the United States. He first fled Belfast in 1998 during the Troubles and came to this country fleeing attempts on his life and the lives of his family.
"Now, despite strong bipartisan and bicameral advocacy from Congress about his model contributions to American society, Mr. McAllister is being forced from his home of more than two decades in the midst of a global pandemic and while he suffers from a broken collarbone.
“Malachy McAllister is a staunch supporter of the Good Friday Agreement and an invaluable member of the vibrant Irish-American community in New York and New Jersey.
"By following through with his removal, President Trump and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Wolf are forcing Malachy to leave behind his American-born children and grandchildren and breaking with decades of bipartisan agreement across Republican and Democratic Administrations.
"I consider myself lucky to call Malachy McAllister a friend and have been honored to fight for his continued residency in the United States. I will continue to fight to pass legislation to allow Malachy and his family to be reunited in the United States permanently.”