A petition signed by 4,000 members of the public landed on the desk of Tom Cooney, special advisor to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, reports an article in the Irish Times. The petition was organised by the members of the Justice for the Undocumented campaign, which seeks to illuminate the plight of undocumented immigrants in Ireland. The petition had a specific mission, to seek support for the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, which “aims to allow undocumented migrants living in Ireland to enter an earned regularisation scheme which would require undocumented people to work over a period of time, pay taxes and meet other criteria before being allowed residency.” This scheme is crucial to give undocumented migrants a voice in Ireland. It is not a hand-out, and it is not amnesty, it is simply recognising the presence of undocumented migrants, allowing them to step out of the shadows, and stop living in constant fear. For most undocumented workers, living illegally in the State is better than the alternative, which is to return home lawfully and risk being unable to support their families. The petition aimed to encourage the state to commence searching for a solution.