But she will be glancing over her shoulder nonetheless. Not so much at the Humvees, but in the direction of Congressman Patrick Murphy who is expected to march with the famed division.
Lyons recently took aim at Murphy over the Iraq veteran’s support for a congressional statement that pledges opposition to any form of amnesty provision in any comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Murphy, a Democrat who represents Pennsylvania’s state’s eighth congressional district, was one of ten Democrats to sign the resolution.
The resolution, HR 1026 aka the Chaffetz/Kratovil No Amnesty Bill, reads in part: “any immigration reform proposal adopted by Congress should not legalize, grant amnesty for, or confer any other legal status condoning the otherwise unlawful entry or presence in the United States of any individual.”
Lyons, who heads the Irish Immigration Center in the City of Brotherly Love, told the Echo that, somewhat ironically, Rep. Murphy would be marching behind the center’s banner. She said she would be inviting immigrants of all nationalities to walk with the Irish center, this in order to send a message back down the line.
“We’ll have our banner, Congressman Murphy will have the Humvees,” said Lyons. “Hopefully, he will notice us.”
Not in a Humvee, but quite possibly in a golf cart will be parade grand marshal Seamus Boyle, the National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Boyle is recovering from knee surgery.
The parade, the second oldest in the nation after New York’s, is set for Sunday March, 14 with a noon stepping off time.