Originally Posted by ArizonaBear
I hate to say this; but looking at just the 'Irish' 150 years ago, culturally speaking they may have been worse than many of today's illegals. I was referring to fighting, drinking, poor work ethic, etc.
The difference back then was that said Irish were almost always legal immigrants so they had rights
If I'm not mistaken, I believe that the deadliest riot in US history was the "Draft Riots" in New York City. It was the work of angry Irish immigrants who faced the prospect of being "drafted" into the Union Army during the civil war. Quite a number of people died, and several blocks of Manhattan were just about destroyed. They didn't feel it was "their" fight, NOR were they happy about the fact that at the time, any "rich boy" could legally "buy his way out" of the draft for a fee of $300.....
There were also a substantial number of Irish immigrants who deserted the US Army during the Mexican--American war in the 1840's. These men were sick of the anti-Catholic prejudice in the US, and went to join the Catholic Mexicans. They were regarded as traitors to the US, and some were excecuted....but in Mexico they are considered minor "heroes" and are memorialized as the "San Patricios" ('Saint Patrick's Battalion'). There are a number of monuments to them throughout Mexico...