There was a strong reaction to RTÉ's Undocumented documentary last night
It made for difficult viewing for many...
The Undocumented aired on RTÉ on Monday night and it dug deep into what it means to be Irish and living in America illegally.
It followed six people living in America, all for varying periods of time ranging from years to decades.
It gave a close, personal insight into life over there and the constant fear and worrying of looking over your shoulder wondering when the tap could come and end your life over there.
Living in Trump's America feels different for these people, and there's a sense of dread that Trump will follow through on his promises to, "Send them all back."
One thing evident from the documentary is the sense of community among the Irish living in America, with a real willingness to help anyone to either find a home, work or just help them out if they're in need.
The tough life of some of those living over there, especially living in fear of being caught, made for difficult viewing for some people in Ireland.
But overall, there was a rather mixed reaction to the documentary as some argued that they're illegal over there, and should not expect too much sympathy.
The hypocrisy in the difference in our approach to the #undocumented Irish in the US & the way we treat immigrants here is quite staggering.
— David Lane (@mrdavidflane) May 8, 2017
It's an interesting doc, but thought some of the lads were quite up themselves. #undocumented it's just not worth it.
— Suzanne❤️❤️ (@Littlesis87) May 9, 2017
Fair play to the guy from Kerry for his brutal honesty. His contribution brought real depth to #undocumented
— Sheila Reilly (@sheilareilly123) May 8, 2017
This carpenter from Tralee on #undocumented is exceptional. Thoughtful, insightful and has a great sense of equality and social justice.
— NighDoLámhaNic (@NiamhNic) May 8, 2017
The grass is not always greener but if you have the right attitude there are opportunities. I'd rather be there than the dole #undocumented
— David Molloy (@dgm114) May 8, 2017
Reading comments on Twitter about immigrants you'd think humans haven't been migrating for thousands of years #undocumented #Immigration
— Lisa Tierney-Keogh (@lisatk) May 8, 2017
Well done @sorchaglackin great #undocumented doc on @RTE1, know the Aisling centre well. Good people.
— Yvonne Judge (@yvonnejudge) May 8, 2017
Powerful story from Tralee lad on #undocumented @RTEOne The voice of thousands in the states! #emotional
— Aileen McShane (@aileenmcshane1) May 8, 2017
It's possible to feel sympathy for the #undocumented, but we shouldn't sentimentalise the fact that they are knowingly breaking the law.
— Ronan McGreevy (@RMcGreevy1301) May 8, 2017