On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Sunday, the host took issue with the Biden administration’s immigration policies, specifically after the recent events in del Rio, Texas, where thousands of Haitian migrants were met at the border by agents on horseback, appearing to use their horse's reins like whips. And one of Oliver’s issues starts with the messaging from the White House.
After playing a clip showing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying, “this is not who we are,” Oliver had a retort.
“Well, hold on,” Oliver said. “'Cause saying, ‘This is not who we are’ about white people chasing black people on horses is a bit of a stretch. Historically, we've been yes-and-ing that idea since 1619.”
Oliver also broke down Title 42, a Trump immigration policy being used by the Biden administration to turn away asylum seekers under the guise of public health. Even worse, how they’re treated once they are sent away. After playing a clip of a migrant describing being chained up “like animals” when they are sent back on airplanes, Oliver wasn’t happy.
“That is despicable,” he said.
As he compared the process for deciding who gets sent back to the process for finding a new Jeopardy! host, Oliver said the lack of clarity is ultimately hurting people.
“All of this is emblematic of a larger confusion, with one White House official even saying, ‘I don't know what our immigration strategy is at all.’ But we badly need one, and soon,” Oliver said. “Because we're currently sending vulnerable people back into harm's way. And it's past time for this administration to stop simply telling people who we are, and start fu***** showing them.”
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO.
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