I learned many new things about my cultural history. I never knew the Irish were treated so badly when they came to America or the conditions of the travel getting here. Most Irish left Ireland for America because of the poverty, disease, potato famine, and English oppression in their own country. Many job postings in America stated “No Irish Need Apply” and they were called the “White Nigger”. I also learned that they fought back fiercely against the discrimination. At the beginning of the Civil War, the Irish were to first to sign up and fight for the country that didn’t want them. The Irish Brigade was the most honored of fighting units. The Irish also continue to have strong ties with their homeland and celebrate many of their holidays, especially St. Patrick’s Day.
The majority of today’s immigrants live in six states: California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, and Illinois. By the year 2050 the U.S. population is estimated to be 387 million people, if the current rate of immigration continues. The Hispanic population will grow from 27 million to 85 million. “In California, where many new immigrants live, each native household is paying about $1,178 a year in state and local... [continues]
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