first_imgElectoral victory by US President Barack Obama this week is not only beneficial for the United States but also for Ireland and by extension, Donegal, especially in terms of future financial assistance and a more open immigration policy, according to Sean Hillen, the Donegal-based national public relations director for Democrats Abroad Ireland.Democrats Abroad Ireland is the official overseas wing of the US Democratic Party here and during the 18-month presidential campaign focused its efforts on organising information and voter registration meetings nationwide encouraging American voters living here to apply for their absentee ballots.“Perhaps in part because of his own bi-racial background – his mother being from Kansas and his father being Kenyan – President Obama has a more sympathetic view of the plight of emigrants,” said Hillen, who lives in Bun na Leaca, Gaoth Dobhair. “It must be remembered, it was he who guided through recent legislation that offered pardons to many of the illegal immigrants now living in the US, allowing them to live normal lifestyles. In contrast, the leading architects of the Republican policy on immigration shaped the Arizona state law, which is quite narrow and oppressive.”“In terms of financial aid,” Hillen added, “Ireland, and by extension Donegal, has received millions of dollars in funding for economic and community funding from the US over the years, in great part driven by American-Irish Democrats in DC. Many of the community centres and social and job creation projects in my own area here in the Gaeltacht area have been helped by such funding support.”Overall, Hillen said, victory by President Obama in the election this week over Mitt Romney “was based on trust.”“It is very rare that someone wins or retains the White House when unemployment is high, as it is by American standards, and the economy is weak, but the President did, winning both the overall popular vote and the majority of electoral college votes. And he did because people realise the economic difficulties American finds itself in now wasn’t his doing. He inherited it from the Republicans under George Bush and people showed they trust him to clear it up and, gradually, he is doing just that.” Hillen said President Obama’s next four years will “reflect a more liberal policy agenda with a continuation of efforts to create a more equitable society in which the wealthy pay more in taxes and tax loopholes are closed to help support greater social service programmes.“The Supreme Court will also remain more balanced as Romney would probably have introduced more conservative judges to the bench.”He added that greater attention will be placed on environmental issues, especially the problem of global warming.“With big business, including big oil, behind Romney, this would hardly have been a priority,” Hillen said, adding that foreign policy “will be characterised by greater dialogue, greater diplomacy, rather than the hawkish nature of leading Republicans close to Romney.” OBAMA VICTORY GOOD FOR PEOPLE OF DONEGAL, SAYS EX-PAT CAMPAIGNER was last modified: November 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:OBAMA VICTORY GOOD FOR PEOPLE OF DONEGALSAYS EX-PAT CAMPAIGNERlast_img

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