Remarks to Senate

March 17, 1967


Washington, D.C.

No group of immigrants made greater contributions to America than the Irish. Railroads and factories, schools and hospitals, and churches—these have been among their monuments. The universities they established, just in their first great influx to America, stand today among the finest in the nation— Notre Dame, Fordham, Holy Cross, Villanova, Georgetown, St. Louis Catholic. They organized the first great labor unions; they lent their strength to many a police force and many a famous Army regiment. They have done no less—and no more—than other immigrants. Italians and English, Polish and Hungarian and Chinese and all the rest; they have come—and become Americans—and they have built this country.