Kelly forgets his Irish ancestors once not welcome


Ann Bechiom

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

John Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, speaking recently about young, undocumented immigrants who had not signed up for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, said that some “were too lazy to get off their a****.”

Well, the good Gen. Kelly should know that the same thing was said about his Irish-Catholic relatives when they arrived in America back in the 1840s. They faced signs everywhere reading “No Irish welcome.” “No Irish may apply.” “Irish, dogs and blacks keep out.” Even as late as the 1960s there were certain clubs in Gen. Kelly’s state of Massachusetts where John F. Kennedy, a war hero, could not be a member because of his Irish-Catholic heritage. 

Anyway, the poor outcast Irish powered through and kept the faith and produced men like Gen. Phill Sheridan of County Cavan, Ireland, and Henry Ford, who gave us the automobile and made America great by producing great wealth for the country. And let’s not forget women like Dorothy Day, the great Catholic social worker, who will soon be canonized as a saint by the church. 

So the DACA people and the dreamers should power on and keep the faith, and tune out negative voices and make America great again. 

God bless America.

Ann Bechiom 

Elizabeth City