John Oliver Traces the Grim Origins of Family Separation (Video)The "Last Week Tonight" host argues the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy is the "logical result of a general hard-right turn toward demonizing immigrants for political advantage."
In the latest episode of “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver argues the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy is the “logical result of a general hard-right turn toward demonizing immigrants for political advantage.” After outlining the devastating mess the immigration policy has imposed on immigrant families, many of whom are seeking asylum in the U.S., the comedian comes to a clear-cut reading of what’s behind the crisis at hand.
Yes—you guessed it, it’s racism. Watch Oliver’s full monologue on family separation in the video player above.
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