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Ireland’s Prime Minister Gave An Emotional Speech About The Power Of Immigration As President Trump Looked On

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Today we learned that Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, DGAF. Standing only a few feet away from President Trump, Ireland’s Prime Minister celebrated the legacy of St. Patrick saying, “And though he is of course the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe, he’s also a symbol of, indeed the patron of, immigrants.” Prime Minister Kenny then went on to list the contributions the original immigrant Irishmen and women brought to the United States.

Prime Minister Edna Kenny’s remarks reminded everyone of the struggles the Irish faced when they first came to America.

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Like Latin American immigrants, the Irish played a very important role in the birth of this nation, yet they weren’t always given a warm reception. Kenny referred to the original Irish immigrants as “the wretched refuse on the teeming shore.” And laws were designed to restrict the number of Irish immigrants allowed into the U.S.

Kenny pointed out the contributions the Irish have made to the United States.

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The Irish “assisted George Washington to win that war of independence” as well as many other wars. Even the White House, Kenny pointed out, was designed by James Hoban of Kilkenny, Ireland, adding that the architect drew inspiration from Leinster House in Dublin.

Ireland’s Prime Minister brought up the current contributions the Irish make to the United States.

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Prime Minister Enda Kenny told reporters, “Here in America, your great country, 35 million people claim Irish heritage, and the Irish have contributed to the economic, social, political and cultural life of this great country over the last 200 years.*”

*Not including the years Conan O’Brien has been on the air.

The Prime Minister reminded reporters that decades ago, Irish immigrants came to the United States in search of a better life.

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“We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America. Ireland came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed,” said Kenny.

The final moments of his speech have to be heard to really grasp the depth of emotion in the Prime Minister’s words.

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The Prime Minister’s speech highlighted how immigrants have historically faced trials and tribulations when assimilating into a new society. However, those people that are willing to fight for a better life, and fight to uphold the values of the United States, those people are what America is all about, whether they come from Europe or the United States’ own backyard.

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Puerto Rican Baseball Team Swear Up A Storm, Shouting Puñeta Live On TV After Victory

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Puerto Rican Baseball Team Swear Up A Storm, Shouting Puñeta Live On TV After Victory

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Last night, in a nail-biter that went deep into the eleventh inning, team Puerto Rico held on to clinch a spot in the World Baseball Classic final by beating the Netherlands 12-11. In the midst of all that excitement one thing stood out above all else. This chant: Puñeta! Puñeta! Puñeta!

“Carajo, puñeta, Boricua se respeta!”

If you don’t know “puñeta” is a swear word used often by Puerto Ricans. Similar to “coño,” it’s used as a sign of frustration or a boastful exclamation like “Aw yeah!” or “Yeah, damn it!” Used so often, it almost doesn’t merit a chanceltazo anymore. Almost. As kids, we got away with using it at the Puerto Rican Day Parade, losing our voices as we’d scream “¡Carajo! ¡Puñeta! ¡Boricua se respeta!”

This amazing throw from the outfield sealed the deal for team Puerto Rico.

Amazing plays were made throughout the game, several of them by the Netherlands, but it was this throw from the outfield that gave Puerto Rico reason to celebrate. You can hear them shouting “Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico!” even though you know they really just want to shout “Puñeta.”

It wasn’t all swear words, though.

Eddie Rosario, who brought in the game-winning run last night, had warm words for Puerto Rico and his family as the salsa music played behind him.

“Puñeta” had been popping up all week, with some astonished the swear word made it on live television.

Had they bleeped and censored all the “Puñetas,” your TV would have been blank the whole game.

Others have been showing pride in the word throughout the tournament.

You’re not just proud, you’re proud AF.

Even back on the Island, fans of team PR are celebrating with the word.

It seems like Puerto Rican TV is a little more strict with their bleeps than we are.

In the end, a stadium full of Boricuas shouting Puñeta, sounds really good.

Shouting any other swear word in English would totally get censored, but Puñeta snuck in like “Aw, that’s cute, that must be someone’s last name. Good job, guys!”

Sssh, let’s keep that secret between us. ?

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