Irish emigrants to America are ‘deluded’
A letter from Michael Jordan, the National Secretary of the United Irish League of America has appealed to Irish people to abandon the ‘recklessness’ that is causing so many to emigrate to America.
Mr. Jordan says that there is a false impression being created about the riches to be made. This false impression, he says, comes from the letters home which ‘tell wonderful stories of the prospects of America, but never tell the real facts of grinding life to which all workers must subject themselves in this country’.
‘Many people in Ireland are deluded by the apparent possession of riches which some of the returned emigrants seem to show. It often happens that the men and women of our race spend the whole savings of their lifetime in one visit to the land of their birth. In the desire to make everything appear as pleasant as possible, they never tell of the heartbreaking struggle which they have been obliged to make to put this money together.’
The letter continues by saying that the labour market - both skilled and unskilled - is currently overcrowded and that ‘the lot of the emigrant to the United States today is not improved, but is made much worse than it possibly could be by the worst circumstances in Ireland’.