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    Ten Irish people returned home yesterday after being thrown out of the
    United States for violating immigration rules. The 10, eight female GAA
    players, their manager and a selector from Boston, touched down at Shannon
    two weeks after being pulled off a train, threatened with jail and then
    told they were being deported.

    They had been living and working in Boston illegally for periods from four
    months to five years and cannot return to the US for 10 years after
    entering on a visa waiver programme allowing Irish citizens a 90 day to
    visit the country for 90 days but not to work.

    The GAA team, Tír na nÓg, were travelling back to Boston from Chicago when
    border guards boarded the train.

    They had been competing in the North American Championships for the first time.

    The 10 come Longford, Donegal, Galway, Roscommon, Kilkenny, Tipperary,
    Meath and Waterford. They were taken off the train at Buffalo, near the
    Canadian border, on September 1.

    Lorraine Maher, from Kilkenny, said: "It was 6.30 in the morning and I was
    asleep. Someone kicked me. I opened my eyes and it was an immigration
    officer who asked me what nationality I was and where's my green card.

    "I said I did not have one and he asked for my passport... he realised we
    were illegal. He phoned down to his friends and said we have a load of
    Irish here and they are all illegal."

    Sheila Gleason, of the Irish Immigration Centre in Boston, said the
    incident was a random search for illegal immigrants.

    "The train did not cross the border but once it came near it agents came
    aboard," said Ms Gleason. "They were held for a number of hours before
    being released and allowed to continue on to Boston." They could have been
    held for up to six weeks.

    Ms Gleason added: "Those living for a few years would have a fairly serious
    life out here."

    A benefit, including a raffle for All-Ireland tickets, was held in the
    Castle Bar in Brighton, Boston, last Saturday when hundreds of locals
    rallied to support their friends. Boston resident and GAA PRO Connie Kelly,
    who knew the girls, described the incident as very worrying for the Irish
    community.

    "One of the lads was engaged and was very respected out here. He had
    trained a number of ladies' teams over the past few years and he'll be
    sorely missed," he said. "From a GAA point of view, it's also very
    worrying. Players won't travel out now, especially if they have been here
    before.

    The detention and deportation of such a large group of Irish is the
    starkest example yet of the increased enforcement by US authorities since
    September 11, 2001.

    Another deportee, Linda McHugh, from Donegal, said: "I would definitely
    advise people to have a visa. I would never come back here illegally, it's
    just not worth it.

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    Ten Irish people returned home yesterday after being thrown out of the
    United States for violating immigration rules. The 10, eight female GAA
    players, their manager and a selector from Boston, touched down at Shannon
    two weeks after being pulled off a train, threatened with jail and then
    told they were being deported.

    They had been living and working in Boston illegally for periods from four
    months to five years and cannot return to the US for 10 years after
    entering on a visa waiver programme allowing Irish citizens a 90 day to
    visit the country for 90 days but not to work.

    The GAA team, Tír na nÓg, were travelling back to Boston from Chicago when
    border guards boarded the train.

    They had been competing in the North American Championships for the first time.

    The 10 come Longford, Donegal, Galway, Roscommon, Kilkenny, Tipperary,
    Meath and Waterford. They were taken off the train at Buffalo, near the
    Canadian border, on September 1.

    Lorraine Maher, from Kilkenny, said: "It was 6.30 in the morning and I was
    asleep. Someone kicked me. I opened my eyes and it was an immigration
    officer who asked me what nationality I was and where's my green card.

    "I said I did not have one and he asked for my passport... he realised we
    were illegal. He phoned down to his friends and said we have a load of
    Irish here and they are all illegal."

    Sheila Gleason, of the Irish Immigration Centre in Boston, said the
    incident was a random search for illegal immigrants.

    "The train did not cross the border but once it came near it agents came
    aboard," said Ms Gleason. "They were held for a number of hours before
    being released and allowed to continue on to Boston." They could have been
    held for up to six weeks.

    Ms Gleason added: "Those living for a few years would have a fairly serious
    life out here."

    A benefit, including a raffle for All-Ireland tickets, was held in the
    Castle Bar in Brighton, Boston, last Saturday when hundreds of locals
    rallied to support their friends. Boston resident and GAA PRO Connie Kelly,
    who knew the girls, described the incident as very worrying for the Irish
    community.

    "One of the lads was engaged and was very respected out here. He had
    trained a number of ladies' teams over the past few years and he'll be
    sorely missed," he said. "From a GAA point of view, it's also very
    worrying. Players won't travel out now, especially if they have been here
    before.

    The detention and deportation of such a large group of Irish is the
    starkest example yet of the increased enforcement by US authorities since
    September 11, 2001.

    Another deportee, Linda McHugh, from Donegal, said: "I would definitely
    advise people to have a visa. I would never come back here illegally, it's
    just not worth it.

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