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Most western countries aren't going to allow you to emigrate unless you can show you are going to be an asset to that country. In reality, most countries won't even let you enter unless you can demonstrate you have sufficient resources to take care of yourself and return to your country of origin.

#25 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

You do realize that no other "western" country was built by immigration, right? Without immigration, the only people who have that status here are the natives who were here when the white folks stole it from them at gunpoint. We are all immigrants (or descendants of slaves brought here by immigrants). You are aware, are you not, that when the Irish and the Italians came here many/most were dirt poor, right? The only reason they didn't get "government assistance" was because there wasn't any such thing at the time! So, instead, they formed "gangs" to provide for them (a form of authoritarian socialism). It was the second and third generations who established themselves as major contributors, not the original immigrants.

Between around 1880 and 1924, more than four million Italians immigrated to the United States, half of them between 1900 and 1910 alone" - the majority fleeing grinding rural poverty in Southern Italy and Sicily. Today, Americans of Italian ancestry are the nation's fifth-largest ethnic group.www.pbs.org

Although most certainly tired and poor, the Irish did not arrive in America yearning to breathe free; they merely hungered to eat. Largely destitute, many exiles could progress no farther than within walking distance of the city docks where they disembarked. While some had spent all of their meager savings to pay for passage across the Atlantic, others had their voyages funded by British landlords who found it a cheaper solution to dispatch their tenants to another continent, rather than pay for their charity at home.

And in the opinion of many Americans, those British landlords were not sending their best people. These people were not like the industrious, Protestant Scotch-Irish immigrants who came to America in large numbers during the colonial era, fought in the Continental Army and tamed the frontier. These people were not only poor, unskilled refugees huddled in rickety tenements. Even worse, they were Catholic. https://www.history.com/news/when-america-despised-the-irish-the-19th-centurys-refugee-crisis


This is also foolish short-term thinking (something "conservatives" excel at). We have an aging population and we need new young workers at a time when the birthrate is in decline. Also, given the reality of climate change, many countries will be inundated by refugees from places that are no longer viable (drought, flood, etc.). Just closing the door isn't going to work, it will just create more wars.

You need to get over yourself.

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