As children continue to be ripped away from their parents by Donald Trump’s cruel immigration policies, his administration has made it a point to place blame on Democrats, Congress, and just about everyone other than Trump and his cronies. Now, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver is focused on squashing the lies Trump’s team have been using to keep his cruel policy alive.
With Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy in place, we’ve watched as nearly 2,000 children have been removed from their homes and placed in short-term detention centers until they could be handed off to family members, close friends, and in some cases, loosely vetted individuals.
In true Oliver fashion, the host of Last Week Tonight ripped directly into the policy and exposed it for all of his viewers to enjoy.
“That’s right: Thousands of children have been forcibly taken from their parents after a policy shift was put into action last month by U.S. attorney general—and least fun thing to find in a Kinder egg—Jeff Sessions,” Oliver said, “Sessions basically started a policy of incarcerating people who crossed the border illegally knowing full well that that incarceration would mean they were separated from their children—many of whom are less than 10 years old with no clear plan as to when they might be reunited.”
Trump, of course, has said it was Democrats who gave us the current law while claiming his administration is just “following laws” already in place.
Oliver, holding back no punches, explains that’s not the case.
“Democrats did not give them these laws, because—and I cannot stress this enough—there is no law that suddenly required separating parents from their children. This is a result of a deliberate policy choice by Jeff Sessions.”
Oliver also laid into Jeff Sessions who attempted to quote the bible while claiming Jesus would be happy with the administration’s decision. It was quickly pointed out by the United Methodist Church, as reported here, that Sessions is wrong in the assessment of the bible’s desires.
“So again: It’s not a law, and also the Bible is not a government document,” argued Oliver. “From a policy perspective, you might as well be citing Green Eggs and Ham… And Romans 13 is possibly the worst Bible passage to bring up, since it was regularly invoked in Civil War times by defenders of slavery,” Oliver says.
Here’s the full segment:
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