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Genealogist Reveals John Kelly’s Great-Grandfather ‘Was Illiterate and Could Not Speak English 10 Years After’ Arriving in US



Genealogist Reveals John Kelly’s Great-Grandfather ‘Was Illiterate and Could Not Speak English 10 Years After’ Arriving in US

Kelly said immigrants are: “not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society.”

May 11, 2018, 11:47 PM GMT

Photo Credit: Office of the President-elect

White House chief of staff John Kelly, made a highly offensive comments about immigrants during an interview with National Public Radio on Friday.

Kelly said immigrants are: “not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society.”

He continued: “They’re overwhelmingly rural people in the countries they come from — fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English. … They don’t integrate well, they don’t have the skills.”

Jennifer Mendelsohn, looked up Kelly’s ancestry to prove to him and the rest of America that we all come from immigrants. Mendelsohn found out through a 1900 census bureau that Kelly’s great grandfather lived in America undocumented for 18 years and could not “read, write, or speak English.”

She revealed her findings on Twitter:

The 1930 census shows those great-grandparents living with their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, one of whom was Kelly’s mother.

John DeMarco had been here for 47 years and was not an American citizen (“AL”). Crescenza had been here for 37 years and spoke no English. pic.twitter.com/5Nyfsu48y0

Deep dive tk, but here is the 1910 census showing Kelly’s great-grandfather Giuseppe Pedalino and his second wife Concetta. (Kelly’s great-grandma died in 1898.)

Source

https://www.alternet.org/genealogist-reveals-john-kellys-great-grandfather-was-illiterate-and-could-not-speak-english-10

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