Quite often, Americans who’ve not sufficiently kowtowed in the name of open borders are met with an oft-rephrased but oft-repeated argument. An argument of redundancies, of ill-truths and outright lies. The quintessential non-argument that is: ‘We are a nation of Immigrants!’ A statement given much fanfare and drooling applause by those who’ve not examined it thoroughly. While easily debunkable, the myth persists, yet we in in Ireland have been fortunately distant from such statements, largely due to our history.

In recent years, however, a phrase more nebulous has crept into the Irish consciousness; a phrase synonymous with malleable buzzwords like ‘problematic,’ ‘misogyny,’ and ‘Nazi.’ The creeping, creaking concept that we are a ‘Nation of Emigrants,’ a cute inversion of American rhetoric.

With the looming threat of the replacement of the indigenous Irish breathing down our people’s collective neck, we are all too often cooed and soothed by the digestible lullaby the elite of our country espouse. The lullaby that puts the once defiant, the once revolutionary, the once hardened spirit of the Gaelic people into a comatose state. The reassuring harmony that houses contempt and malice: The notion that because of the famine that caused the dispersal and emigration of the indigenous Irish near two centuries ago, and due to first-hand experience as both victims of the slave trade, victims of English dominance, and victims of plantation, we oughtn’t object to the notion of us being ‘culturally enriched’ – or patently burdened – with the encroaching threat of mass unfettered immigration.

To address the notion, point by point, I must firstly clarify that the comparison between the Irish Famine, and the alleged plight of asylum seekers is nonsensical at best, and insulting at worst. Chris Fogarty, the man behind the book ‘Ireland 1845-1850: The Perfect Holocaust, And Who Kept It Perfect,’ states that when over ten thousand constables forcibly removed at least forty shiploads a day that was to feed the starved Irish, when nearly one hundred percent of Irish territory – including coastal – is overtook, and when millions of our own die or flee as a result, it is in his own words, “An Irish Holocaust.”

But why, you might ask, is the lecture on the Irish famine necessary? Because when the narcissists and self-righteous of Ireland want to open borders further, and compare the plight of asylum seekers to those victims of the Irish genocide, one charming little caveat is often not mentioned. That of five nations leading in Irish asylum claims – Nigeria, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Georgia and Albania – not a single one of them are acknowledged conflict zones.

Extend this to the fact that the vast majority of those seeking refuge and asylum are themselves single adult men – single adult men who often apply and are then rejected asylum in England – and that eighty percent of failed asylum seekers still stay in Ireland, we must realize the comparison isn’t quite as relevant as hoped.
But even to dismiss the incompatibility of those arriving during the immigration crisis, the comparison of the emigration of Ireland to the emigration of any aforementioned country is inept, it is fraudulent. When the Irish emigrated to America in droves, it was by necessity and not by whim. When the Irish emigrated to America, they did so as both cultural brothers and moral twins, a far cry from the culturally alien, morally foreign cultures and peoples moving en masse to Europe for reasons of expansion. We are most certainly a nation defined by more than emigration, and we most certainly do not owe our country to a foreign tribe.

To address the next point, a point perhaps less prevalent given the bleeding-hearted of Ireland tend to know little of Ireland’s place as slaves during the trade, is the aforementioned slave-fraternity that they expect we follow to the letter. That because of Ireland’s history as victims of the slave trade, we ought to have a camaraderie with the populations set to leech these isles.

This again, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of slavery in a social context. Slavery has been practiced by every single haplogroup, and by damn near every nation on earth that held both an expanse of population and power. The notion that one must take refugees out of camaraderie, as brothers in arms, would certainly not be labelled towards any of the victims of the Arabian slave trade. The descendants of the Arabian slave trade, those in Africa and the Middle East, are not being burdened with immigration, regardless of their country’s prosperity. Though this hypocrisy is rarely addressed, and even rarer is it questioned.

The last – and most laughable – point levied towards is us is that as victims of British rule, we should know the price of systemic oppression, and extend a hand towards the tide of immigration. This may be the most insulting of the points raised. The concept that the Irish retain this belligerent victimhood, that we seek fraternity with any group, regardless of intent, if only to cock a snoot at England, as if we’re the petulant schoolboys of the western world.

To speak to the Irish of shared oppression, only to jump the metaphysical cue in regards to government services, to obtain accommodation while the ten thousand homeless of Ireland are kicked to the curb, to be given advantages in the name of quasi-Affirmative Action, while our own children are ostracised in their classrooms in the name of diversity. These airs and graces are dropped once a community efficiently gathers itself, they then declare Ireland a hotbed of racism and that the Irish themselves are oppressors.

To lastly re-address the title of this article – an inversion on the issue faced all too often by our similarly fated brethren in America – is a line all too sweet, saccharine, and horrid. An outright lie propagated towards our people in an oblique effort to demoralise and demonise their scepticism. When you are told that we as a culture are identical, compatible and ought to be fixated with the survival of another group over our own, well it is patently an attempt to muddy both the issue and our chances of civilisational prosperity as a whole.

Posted by Áron Mac Murchadha