Discussion in 'Immigration/Illegal Immigration' started by proletarian, Jan 13, 2010.
what did they come here to be?
but that did not work out so well I think.
I have had family in this country since the 1630's. I can't ask them. It has been a while.
I think back then, they didn't want to be told how to do their religion. They wanted to tell other folks.
Thief's. It worked out quite well too...
My dad's family has been here since the 1613 or something, they were kicked out of France due to religious reasons and moved here after being in Ireland for awhile. My mom's side were Quakers, so probably religious reasons, and my other ancestors from my mom side were Native Americans so they came over on the land bridge or whatever they believe.
My italian ancestors came over late 1800's and settled south of baton rouge along the Mississippi. My great-grandfather is known to have stood up to local mafia. They came to his farm demanding that he pay protection fees. He came out with a shotgun and told them to F off. He was the only farmer in the area who didn't have to pay the mob because they thought he was nuts.
My English ancestors settled north of Lake Ponchartrain in the same time period. Most of them were dirt poor until my grandfather who joined the army at age 16 (having lied about his age) and was sent to college by the army after WW II, eventually becoming a lawyer. Though he still farms trees.
They could have been free in any obscure borderlands.
They could have farmed the land in nearly any corner of the world.
They could have fled to Asia, Africa, South America, or Greenland.
Why America? What did they choose to become by coming here in order to be all of those things they knew they could be in this country?
Did they come hereto be Mexicans? Did they come here to be Spaniards, Koreans, or French?
They didn't come here to be Americans, they came here to eat. People were starving in Italy at the time.
I find it amusing so many Americans think that people immigrated here becase they just found the idea of America so awe inspiring. Bull crap. From the very beginning, the reason people came here wasn't because they thought Thomas Jefferson was an awesome thinker, but because they were fucking starving and they heard they could make a good living in the U.S.
Same with the Mexicans. They don't want our baseball or our apple pie - they want the jobs that we are apparently willing to give them. And they'll keep coming as long as they can get work. You can build a wall 1000 feet tall - Italians had to travel over 4000 miles to get here, you think a wall 100 ft thick and 1000 ft tall will stop Mexicans? All they have to do is go around it, unless you plan on building it all the way up both coasts and Canada.
Don't like answers? Don't ask questions.
My Dad's family came here in the very early 1600's. Not sure on my Mom's family. They probably came looking for freedom and land.
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