we’re getting peasants who not only don’t speak English, they don’t even speak Spanish and are also illiterate in their own dialects.
The Irish were driven out of their country by a one-time calamity -- the potato famine. This wasn’t how they always lived. Starving poverty wasn’t their culture.
Still, the Irish were -- at one time -- among the poorest immigrants we ever got and the slowest to assimilate. It took 120 years, by political analyst Michael Barone’s estimate. (Imagine a time when our worst immigrants were the Irish!)
And they might still be a problem if The New York Times had demanded special rights for them, the ACLU had brought lawsuits on their behalf and the Southern Poverty Law Center had screamed “racism” whenever anyone noticed their bad behavior.
Instead, no-nonsense Irish priests knocked them upside the head and told them to sober up and go home to their wives. (Back then, the Catholic Church was not about “immigrant rights”; it was about cleaning up their own bums.)
By the 1950s, the Irish were outearning other Americans. Many reformed so well that they became Republicans.
That was then, this is now.