A Chance in the Irish Sweepstakes

When Fiona McConnell, 24, came to the U.S. from Ireland five years ago, she had a one-year visa. Now she is an illegal alien, working as a nanny in New York City. Which is why she plans to travel this week to Arlington, Va., to mail her application for one of the visa slots set aside for Irish nationals under the new law. If she gets a green card, McConnell says, "I could go to school or get a better job." Given her present status, McConnell does not have health insurance. In an emergency she would have to depend upon the...

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