“undermines the system of legal migration..”

While the Republic of Ireland’s Foreign Affairs minister, Dermot Ahern, was in the US pleading a ‘special case’ status for Irish illegal immigrants there.. the Irish Times report the Minister for Justice, Brian Lenihan, “has said he opposes amnesties or regularisation schemes for undocumented migrants because they “send out the wrong message” and can exacerbate the problem of illegal migration.” From the Irish Times report [subs req]

In response to a parliamentary question from Labour’s Michael D Higgins, he said: “Amnesty or regularisation, in my view, undermines the system of legal migration. They can exacerbate the problem of illegal migration by sending out the wrong message and give rise to a belief that further amnesties will become available in the future.”