Anxiety levels within Boston’s Irish community have soared with last week’s arrest of Donegal man John Cunningham, a well-known figure amongst expats in the city through his connections with the local GAA club. The 38-year-old electrician is a long-time resident of Massachusetts and was picked up by US federal agents over “immigration violations” owing to his undocumented status. He faces the prospect of a weeks-long stay in a Boston jail before he is put on a plane bound for Ireland.
Initial fears that his detention might be the start of a crackdown on the Irish living illegally in Boston may have abated when it emerged that he surfaced on the radar of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement – known to many in America’s Irish communities
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