Bono urges Irish in America to remember the hate their forefathers faced
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Bono urges Irish in America to remember the hate their forefathers faced

U2 FRONTMAN Bono has taken aim at Donald Trump in an impassioned plea to the Irish in America to remember the discrimination their forefathers faced as immigrants.

Speaking at the Concern charity dinner in New York, the Irish musician hit out at the President's approach to Immigration in the US.

Trump came in for criticism after sending more than 5,200 troops to the US-Mexico border to meet a caravan of migrants walking towards it, stating: "This is an invasion".

In a pointed reference to the ongoing situation in the US, Bono was keen to remind those at the event that the Irish were once the despised immigrants or "other".

"In this moment, there is a lot of soul-searching going on, here in the US and the wider world, but we must be very careful of demonizing 'the other,'" the U2 frontman said, in quotes published by Irish Central.

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"Irish people to their credit are suspect of demonizing the other… because we were 'the other.' We were the stranger, we were the invading hordes, we were the cockroaches, and we haven't forgotten.

"And you know who the other is?

"The other is the person we haven't met yet. That's all. New York City is the capital of 'the other' and this is the land of otherness, and that's why I love it."

 

Bono performing with US.

 

The Irish music legend has never shied away from speaking his mind.

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Bono previously passed comment on Brexit during a U2 concert at the O2 Arena in London, addressing the crowd with his thoughts on the issue.

"We've just been touring all across Europe and whatever you think about it, all we heard about from Madrid to Berlin to Paris to Amsterdam is that people love the UK," he said.

"They love you. And no-one wants you to leave. And that's just the truth. For us, it's more than just a gold star falling off a blue flag.

"It's a loss of shared dreams, shared strengths. Without you, we are less. Without you, the English, the Scottish, the Welsh, the Northern Irish, we are less."