They don’t belong here!

Reading through the statements from various politicians and activist groups on immigration, you’d think that this was the first time this country had ever faced such a “crisis.”  Really?

There’s a group of immigrants who work at low-paid, manual labor.  They often sneak into the country to work at various menial jobs.  Some businesses use them because they’re cheaper than American labor, and they don’t complain about their “rights.”  There’s a backlash, of course.  They don’t look like us.  They have their own culture.  They don’t even want to speak the same language, and they don’t worship the same way we do.  Even worse, they form criminal gangs, and they’re responsible for a lot of crime!  They are .. not us!  They don’t belong here!

Sound familiar?  Sounds a lot like what people are saying about the Mexican immigrants who are here legally or illegally, Middle-Easterners, or those from elsewhere.   But I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the Irish.  The Chinese.  The Italians.  The Portuguese, Spanish, Greeks, Serbs, Bosnians, Indians,  Poles, Russians, Jews, and Japanese.   For the most part, if you name an ethnic group, the odds are that back in the “good old days” there were people arguing against their letting them into the country, saying pretty much the same things they’re saying now, and in fact writing immigration laws that were specifically designed to keep them out.

Of course, today, most of those immigrants’ descendants have forgotten that part of their history.  After all, they’re Real AmericansTM! Their forefathers and and mothers came to this country legally and were welcome! Yeah, right! The odds are that more than a few of their ancestors (and mine) didn’t exactly follow all the procedures, and I guarantee you that a few of them weren’t particularly welcome in this country when they got here. But, their descendants did assimilate an American tradition – now they hate the immigrants just as much as their ancestors were hated.

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7 responses to “They don’t belong here!

  1. overseasgranny

    I can say for sure that a part of my Irish family sneaked down over the Canadian border to get here. They all ended up working for the railroad and made fine citizens.
    Now here in Ireland everyone is emigrating…again! for the umpteenth time. Hopefully the laws will change again in the US and they won’t have to be there illegally for the umpteenth time again.

  2. My father remembered that things were … frostily correct … whenever his grandmothers were around each other. That’s because one had been brought over from England and the other from Ireland. Neither one of them came in through “legal” channels. :lol:

  3. Some of my family “immigrated” to AZ long before it was part of the US. To me, “immigrants” now are those who come here from Frostbite Falls so they can molder in the sun in ‘my’ desert, while telling me and others to go “home to Mexico!”

    • :lol: True. I tell people that some of my ancestors were among the first off the boat here, and some were here to say hello when they got here, and now wish they’d told them to turn around and go back. :-P

  4. Even though my ancestors were transported against their will to America to develop the southern economy over 400 years ago, we’re still not welcome in the South and/or in other places in the US. America is a nation of immigrants, but it seems that there are some who feel entitled to determine who is or isn’t a “rill American.” That these tools don’t see themselves as the descendants of immigrants is not only ironic, but laughable, to those of us who know our nation’s history.

    • Exactly. It’s pretty ridiculous. There’s a guy about 50 miles south of me who has a big sign out on his lawn screaming about Obama not being a “real American.” The funny thing is that he’s of Italian descent, and I happen to know that if you look back at history, his ancestors were distinctly not welcome and there was even legislation restricting how many could come here. Less than a century ago, his status as a “real American” would have been something questioned.

      Amazing at how many of these idiots forget that sort of thing, or would rather have it swept under the carpet.

  5. For whatever reason this reminds me of a trip I took with two fellow German-American friends. We were sitting in an airport bar, enjoying “liquid breakfast” (a.k.a. Bloody Mary) and having a conversation in three varieties of German: Bavarian, Berliner dialect, and standard German with a Northern accent (the way President Wulff talks). The bartender, who appeared to be from India, listened for a few minutes and then said, “May I ask where you ladies are from?” The three of us answered in unison: “San Antonio.”