‘What the F*** is Wrong With You?’: Jon Stewart Slams Anti-Immigrant Protesters Targeting Children
On Tuesday, Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show slamming anti-immigrant protesters asking why the illegal minors crossing into the US can’t be deported back to Central America.
“First of all, what the f*** is wrong with you?” Stewart asked. “These are children. Why would you even ask that? And second of all, good question.”
Stewart noted all of the Republicans calling the United States the greatest country in history, saying, “Why would you not come to a place that great? In fact, it’s why all of our ancestors came to this country, and were themselves originally unwelcome. Because that’s the story of America: From Ben Franklin’s worries that Germans were ruining Pennsylvania, to our 19th-century 60-year ban on the Chinese immigrants who had just finished building our railway system, to our very real and justifiable concerns about the Irish and their insatiable ‘applying for jobs,’ we have always been a nation of immigrants who hate the newer immigrants.”
But that’s not why the children can’t be deported. The legal answer, Stewart said, is a George Bush-signed law that prohibits immediate deportation of minors from countries that don’t border the US while a similar law signed by Obama only applied to young immigrants who entered the US before 2007.
“If I have told kids fleeing violence and poverty once, I’ve told them a thousand times,” Stewart quipped. “Immigrant minors seeking asylum post-2007 must apply at their consulate and use form N-400 and a biometrics fee. Then appear for a series of processing interviews to ascertain priority determination. Unless they have family living in the United States, in which case they file form I-130, and then you file your DS-260 under your NBC case number. Unless, of course, you have skills attractive to an employer. Well, do you? Do you, child fleeing violence and poverty? Because if you do, you’re gonna want to go with form I-140. I mean, it’s not that difficult, child.”