The word that an explosive device had gone off on the New York subway spread instantaneously through Manhattan on Monday, reviving fears of the September 11th attacks 16 years ago.
For some Irish living illegally in New York, however, one of the first thoughts was not about the consequences of the explosion itself, but rather a desperate hope that the attacker was an American, not an immigrant.
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“Days like today, it makes it harder, you just hope it is someone from here, preferably white, otherwise it just helps the [Trump] agenda,” says one 39-year-old Irish illegal.
Speaking shortly after the failed attack at 42nd Street, the Irish man, who cannot be identified, looked on as New York police swarmed to every station on the city’s
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