Happy St. Patrick's Day.
Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny spoke on the importance of immigration while visiting the White House on St. Patrick’s Day, taking the time to reflect on America as a compassionate refuge for immigrants over the years — all while President Donald Trump stood right next to him.
“It’s fitting that we gather here each year to celebrate Saint Patrick,” Kenny said. “He, too, of course, was an immigrant, and though he of course is the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe, he’s also a symbol of, indeed the patron of, immigrants.
Irish immigrants came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed, and four decades before Lady Liberty lifted her lamp, we were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore,” Kenny added. “We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America. We came and we became Americans.
All while saying these words, a visibly uncomfortable President Trump stood to Prime Minister Kenny’s right, looking on as Kenny continued to speak about the importance of immigration."
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