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The journey to America was just as hard as their life in Ireland. There was no food on the ship, and diseases were being spread around (Gavin 5). Life was not easy in America either. They could not find jobs or adequate housing (“Adoption and Assimilation”). When the potato famine hit Ireland in the mid 1840s many people immigrated to New York where they were discriminated against and unable to find jobs because of their Catholic beliefs.