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Biden & The Border: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  • 게시일 2023. 10. 02.
  • John Oliver discusses the things Biden has promised to fix about our southern border, what he has and hasn’t done, and a magnificent pile of gators.
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  • PwnzerProductions
    PwnzerProductions 5 개월 전 +4812

    The story of the El Paso alligator statue is stranger than you think.
    In the late 1800s, the city underwent a beautification project, one element of which included renovating the city park. For some wonderfully inspired reason, the city decided to put a group of young American Alligators into the newly-renovated park pond (alligators are not native to the El Paso area). The gators stayed there for many years, but as time went on, more and more problems arose. The gators weren't the problem, they were quite well-mannered, but the citizens of El Paso were not responsible enough with their alligators. The city faced numerous issues ranging from people throwing things at them, to people catching the alligators and putting them in someone's house or office as a prank, to drunk men jumping into the pond at night hoping to wrestle one. The vandalism and disrespect caused two alligators to die and one to be blinded in one eye. Eventually, in the 1960s the city decided that the alligators would go to the city zoo where they could be safe from the city's population. They tried again in the 70s, but results were soon the same. Then, in 1995, a statue was placed to honor the reptiles that we did not deserve.

    • bekanntenkreis
      bekanntenkreis 5 개월 전 +458

      that is the most texas thing i have ever heard and i love it

    • Sovereignwind official VODs
      Sovereignwind official VODs 5 개월 전 +530

      that's actually brilliant. there's something about the actual wild animals being more civilized than the people that is just *chef's kiss*

    • SmallSpoonBrigade
      SmallSpoonBrigade 5 개월 전 +220

      That's not terribly surprising, alligators are mostly just dangerous because of their size, for the most part they aren't interested in people and even in the cases where they do attack, it's a case of mistaken identity, or they get a hold of somebody's hand because they think there's food and drag the poor person to their death underwater before realizing that there's been a mistake and leaving the body uneaten.
      Crocodiles though, are definitely up for eating people.

    • Aldranza M
      Aldranza M 5 개월 전 +320

      So the lesson is wherever you put alligators people start behaving like floridians

    • sean clements
      sean clements 5 개월 전 +166

      ​@Aldranza M as a native Floridian I feel oddly attacked and complimented at the same time.

  • Stella
    Stella 4 개월 전 +1186

    gonna miss the show for however long its off but good for the writers fighting for their rights. i wish workers in all sectors would realize their collective power and stick it to the ruling class.

    • Michael Flack
      Michael Flack 4 개월 전 +26

      It's going to be tough as the employers have all the power and with AI on the rise even writers could be replaced by AI collaborations that input trending concepts into an AI and then polish the messy outpouring of "raw content" into semi coherent content only to push it though the AI to further polish it.
      It may sound incredibly stupid, but thanks to learning algorithms this will net cheap scripts on the fly and by small companies that are mostly just programmers utilizing AI for very cheap.
      Every sector will be in danger of AI, even things like personal trainers who will find that an Ai program matched with a learning algorithm and a smart watch with a heart monitor can do everything a person who studied personal training can do and more yet for next to nothing and can be on call 24/7 with no reason to call in sick or take days off.

    • Maxwell Benz
      Maxwell Benz 4 개월 전 +7

      ​@Michael Flack because movies today are such high quality and are making tons of money...

    • Maxwell Benz
      Maxwell Benz 4 개월 전 +6

      It's nothing to do with what you're saying.... Disparu did a good video on it, whether you like his other views or not, it's still true. The writers guild wants mandatory minimums of writers for example, and weeks worked. So if you're a great writer, and you wrote an amazing script, tough luck. You're a single person and the rules say you need 8 writers. So, we could pay you 5 million to write the show, but, we need to split that, so we hire additional writers that aren't needed. You did the whole script in 8 weeks, but we have to pay 13 weeks. So we have to pay the other writers too. These MANDATORY minimums end up making things worse.

    • Maxwell Benz
      Maxwell Benz 4 개월 전 +6

      ​@Michael Flack writers will be replaced by people working with ai. These writers say they will NOT use ai. Fine. So 20 great writers use ai to make themselves amazing. Christopher Nolan uses ai to make more scripts than ever. Trying to be a ludite is idiotic, and that's what the writers guild wants. They don't have the power. Why aren't you advocating for type writer makers in the same fashion? Or old-school Wallstreet traders? Some jobs die. Wallstreet trading died when trading moved to computers. From thousands of traders to handfuls. Things change... Writers and movie making doesn't need so many people.

    • 1LTPhoto
      1LTPhoto 4 개월 전 +4

      ​@Michael Flack that's a very real thing that needs to be addressed right away. I don't agree with most of what Elon Musk is enabling through Twitter but on the AI front I think he's absolutely right. AI needs to be paused because it's getting scary how good it can be. The job market will be massively impacted as it gets better. There has to be some kind of guidelines/laws in place to combat that.

  • Comrade Khepri
    Comrade Khepri 4 개월 전 +679

    I recognize that I'm late to this, but I hope the WGA and especially the Last Week Tonight team are able to make it through this strike. It's a bummer there hasn't been any new episodes for near a full month, but getting fair treatment and compensation for the talented folks who deserve it comes first. Good luck to the Last Week Tonight team and I hope you all are managing through the strike okay

    • L B
      L B 4 개월 전 +5


    • alex davidovic
      alex davidovic 4 개월 전 +3

      what has happened? can someone tell me

    • John Arvid
      John Arvid 4 개월 전 +29

      @alex davidovic Right after this episode aired, the WGA (Writers Guild of America) went on strike... which led to late night talk shows (including LWT w/John Oliver) to be temporarly put on halt 'cause they rely on their writers for material!

    • raykyogrou03
      raykyogrou03 4 개월 전 +10

      Same. It's sad we won't see new episodes for a while. But I'm sure it will be back, and one of the new eps will be all about the strike

  • B.A.G. Studios
    B.A.G. Studios 4 개월 전 +715

    You can tell John is still new to America because he’s still expecting Presidents to honor their promises

    • Elaine Alibrandi
      Elaine Alibrandi 4 개월 전 +72

      Maybe we should all become like John, because we're now so jaded and apathetic (myself included) we expect them to renege on their promises.

    • bleach219
      bleach219 4 개월 전 +32

      To be fair, even if they want to honor their promises we live in a democratic republic with three supposedly co-equal branches of government so unlike a dictatorship they can't just declare that something will happen and magically make it so. I wish candidates would be more honest about that, be more accurate for them to describe their promises as their wish list of items.

    • Patrick Watton
      Patrick Watton 4 개월 전 +14

      ​@bleach219 they could try a little harder though

  • Rareș Opris
    Rareș Opris 5 개월 전 +392

    As an immigration lawyer whose main practice area is asylum, you are spot on. I'm so disappointed in the Biden administration, and I thank you for bringing this important issue to light.

    • jhon klan
      jhon klan 3 개월 전 +2

      Sorry you have to go through the official proccess. Mexico is safe, you cant seek asylum here.

    • Darkcloud
      Darkcloud 3 개월 전 +8

      So you guys are responsible for America's downfall.

  • Alex Mourning
    Alex Mourning 3 개월 전 +43

    I'm genuinely really excited for this show to come back - whenever that may be. I hope WGA gets their demands soon too. This has been a wild month as soon as theyve gone off air. I wish everyone on the LWT team good luck with this strike!

  • Carl Brittain
    Carl Brittain 5 개월 전 +1237

    As soon as Biden started talking about family I was desperately hoping that Jon would mention Fast and Furious; and I wasn't disappointed.

  • G Curtin
    G Curtin 5 개월 전 +460

    As an American who has lived in other countries (applied for residency, some denied, some accepted)... I've seen how Asian, African, European countries handle their own migrant issues. I've seen the US too. What seems to be missing from all of them is a clear understanding of what they want their immigration rules to be. We're all missing the mark. But maybe we should decide where the mark actually is.

    • YerpYerpHoYerpYerp
      YerpYerpHoYerpYerp 5 개월 전 +4

      Great point.

    • Zinski
      Zinski 5 개월 전 +26

      Read the statue of liberty.
      Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

    • hhhhhh
      hhhhhh 5 개월 전 +8

      You said nothing you must be taking lessons from Kamala Harris

    • Deus Ex Machina
      Deus Ex Machina 5 개월 전 +12

      @Zinski Wasn't the Statue of Liberty a gift from the French? Rich of them to expect Americans to meet a standard they couldn't themselves.

  • Goblinkatie
    Goblinkatie 23 일 전 +6

    Stand with the WGA & SAG! Give artists their worth and the security they deserve!
    We miss you, LWT, but we’re supporting you 100%!

    • chistine lane
      chistine lane 21 일 전

      Hollywood is dead and the streaming wars killed it

    • Tylr
      Tylr 14 일 전 +1

      Dear god, let them stay on strike forever. People are actually getting smarter now that they aren't getting their political opinions from late night tv hosts.

  • Danny Beane
    Danny Beane 4 개월 전 +7

    The problem is we're probably gonna be right back where we started with it being Biden vs. Trump. The lack of even an alternative within the "two party" system is damning of its failure.

  • Ryan Christopher Gavan
    Ryan Christopher Gavan 3 개월 전 +23

    As a Scot that grew up in the Lone Star state, I went through the immigration process. I eventually held a green card. The amazing people don’t realise is if someone is arrested as an illegal immigrate, they sent to an immigration jail to do time before they deported! So there are thousands of people in prison waiting to be sent back to their country.

    • Memer
      Memer 3 개월 전 +1

      But the thing is that they will return. So they're being tortured by immigration officials

    • Ryan Christopher Gavan
      Ryan Christopher Gavan 3 개월 전 +2

      @Memer usually they return bc their family are in the US. So they take the risks over and over. America used to be a land of opportunity. But now it’s rejecting the very concept that it was founded upon.

  • How to change name?
    How to change name? 5 개월 전 +1599

    Seeing Stephen Miller after all these years is like vampire seeing sun for the first time

    • Jill Knapp
      Jill Knapp 5 개월 전 +62

      I had blissfully removed him from my memory... but now I shudder to think what god-awful things he's been doing out of sight. 😳

    • Make Racists Afraid Again
      Make Racists Afraid Again 5 개월 전 +9

      It Hurts!!

    • Make Racists Afraid Again
      Make Racists Afraid Again 5 개월 전 +30

      @Jill Knapp
      As long as Miller draws breath, others will suffer.

    • Michael Prozonic
      Michael Prozonic 5 개월 전 +18

      look up “evil” and you just get Stephen Miller’s photo

    • Alex Thompson
      Alex Thompson 5 개월 전 +8

      He made many appearances on the late Tucker Carlson's show.

  • Lane Shockley
    Lane Shockley 5 개월 전 +28

    Any update to policy would be ineffective so long as we don’t have the bureaucratic capacity to process these cases. There’s a stifling amount of paperwork that needs to be processed and approved for each individual seeking asylum, and there aren’t enough government workers and judges to meet the demand. The Biden app was likely an attempt to automate the process to free up manpower, but that doesn’t solve the problem of there only being so many appointments a day that can be scheduled, and the government can’t very well outsource the appointments to call centers in Malaysia, India, or Latin America.

    • Deliriums D
      Deliriums D 5 개월 전 +10

      We also need to work with the country that all of these migrants are coming from to reduce the need for them to migrate in the first place.

    • Linka Torsleff
      Linka Torsleff 4 개월 전 +1

      Everything is so backlogged even if you make positive changes that transition on top of existing and incoming applications... they're not catching up for several years. Worked in an immigration law firm, we had cases with client applications dated back to the 90s.

    • TheIVJackal
      TheIVJackal 3 개월 전

      @Deliriums D We do, that was put on VP Harris' plate, and much private investment has gone to those countries. Need more, need it sustained, need to open new diplomatic communications to places like Venezuela.
      I find it a little frustrating that while accurate, this video didn't really provide any potential solutions, that's the whole reason this has been so complicated, there aren't any! So 💩on Biden all you want, there's a time and place for everything, can't just go back to the way things were before fixing a few things... Title 42 was not lifted, improvements apparently made to the app and other procedures since apprehensions at the border have significantly dropped!

    • Davis Patricks
      Davis Patricks 3 개월 전

      ​​@Deliriums Des. It would be outstanding if our political leaders actually identified and poured this amount of effort into solving the upstream problem that compels so many to seek leave their country in droves just to improve the material condition of their lives.

  • Kaitensatsuma
    Kaitensatsuma 5 개월 전 +44

    I like to remind people - ruefully -that when Biden ran on a campaign of "Return to Normalcy" he never actually specified *_which normalcy_* and I think a lot of us just *assumed* "Obama Normal" which wasn't all that great once you looked closer but we weren't expecting "Regan Normal"

  • Oxide
    Oxide 4 개월 전 +98

    You know as I've watched Oliver though the years. He's always manged to argue that social systems that appear to be simple are actually complex forms of either war crimes or civil rights violations. That's impressive and at the same time makes me feel sad for people.

    • Galagar Rocket
      Galagar Rocket 2 개월 전

      Funny how every solution he proposes is to tell the people who caused this problem to fix this problem and not give them any pointers or deadline.

    • Oxide
      Oxide 2 개월 전 +4

      @funveeable Then to realize the people that are meant to solve the problem and are suppose to be professionals in those areas don't even know how to solve them.

    • GeekGirl _Luv
      GeekGirl _Luv 2 개월 전 +5

      @Galagar Rocket He often does give suggestions for solutions, and also, he is almost always telling the government to fix these problems, which is literally their job.

    • Katie Roberts
      Katie Roberts 11 일 전

      @Galagar Rocket What other solutions could he offer on mainstream television?

  • petuncha
    petuncha 5 개월 전 +29

    Please do a piece on NC Tricia Cotham who ran as a Dem in support of womens rights to choose. Gave a speech on the House floor explaining that she had an abortion, saying, "This decision was up to me, my husband, my doctor and my God. It was not up to any of you in this chamber." As soon as she is elected as a democrat she switched parties to republican, giving republicans a super majority in the state, and now voted in favor of a ban on abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

    • Rita Sloames
      Rita Sloames 5 개월 전 +11

      grrr. I think if you switch parties when you're in office you should automatically lose your seat.

    • Anakin Skywalker
      Anakin Skywalker 5 개월 전 +1

      It was legal for her to do that. You're suppose to vote for the person, not the party. It's your fault if you did

    • Wendell Brewer
      Wendell Brewer 4 개월 전

      I don’t see a problem

    • Rita Sloames
      Rita Sloames 4 개월 전 +16

      @Anakin Skywalker if she backtracked on all the issues then she ran a fraudulent campaign and should be dumped.

  • Haxiam
    Haxiam 4 개월 전 +3

    We need to crack down on businesses hiring people that aren't here legally. We know what industries are doing it. That'll incentivize them to keep their visas legal, or they'll have to go back home.

  • 525Lines
    525Lines 5 개월 전 +772

    I worked with a vietnamese boat person. His brother got to America a year ahead of the rest of his family and had a car, a house, and a steel mill job waiting for them. Hard working, decent people. Of course, this was 45 years ago when an individual could, through hard work, earn his way into a house and a car in a year.

    • BlueVanga
      BlueVanga 5 개월 전 +77

      We kids have it easy now days tho. /s

    • T Perk
      T Perk 5 개월 전 +103

      Ya mean before Reagan and neoliberalism?

    • nolongerblocked
      nolongerblocked 5 개월 전 +18

      @BlueVanga you're not having to drop out of school to go work on the family farm, which still happened regularly 50yrs ago & all through human history before that. So like every generation you've got advantages & disadvantages over previous generations. But on the whole you're much better off now than someone born in the mid 1900s who still had to worry about Polio or diabetes before insulin besides everything else

    • DraknusX
      DraknusX 5 개월 전 +146

      @nolongerblocked We're the first generation in the history of the country that will be worse off economically than our parents on average. We're the first generation since before 1920 to have faced a pandemic with the death toll as high as it was, and we're likely to have to face multiple more before we'd have reached retirement age, and we're much less likely to be able to retire ever. We're the first generation since the Great Depression to have the economy so heavily damaged and further threatened as its being literally right now in congress more than once. We're the first generation that has faced more days with mass violence being perpetrated against our peers and younger generations than without. We're the first generation to have faced all of those things at once and still be told that we ought to just bend over and take it because we don't have to do what our great grandparents did while our immediate predecessors didn't either and ended up much better off than we ever will.
      On top of that, the reason why people don't quit school to work on their family farm is because that's impossible, because family farms go bankrupt by the thousands every year thanks to support for policies that leave giant corporate agricultural corporations heavily subsidized and profitable but family farms left on the wrong side of a volatile market, and because a lack of education equivalent to a high school diploma makes you effectively useless as an heir to a farm since you can't do a fraction of the things needed just to keep it running, like understanding accounting practices, negotiating contracts, reverse-engineering heavy farm equipment because the repair tech can't make it out for weeks during a harvest season, and desperately trying to make ends meet after all of that. Diabetes is still a near death sentence for anyone below the poverty line (which makes up over 10% of the population) unless they're lucky enough to get on Medicare, and then only because of a law that was passed during this administration. Polio is being detected in cities again, likely due to the anti-vax movement. Everything you listed is actually a reason anyone paying attention to those concepts knows we're not doing well.
      Btw, 50 years ago was 1973, where right about 1.5% of Americans worked in agriculture. So although that may have happened "regularly," it definitely didn't happen commonly, especially since in the 1970's there was an 80% rate of high school graduation. In case you don't have a calculator handy, that's over 50 times more common than it would be possible for those people to have dropped out to work on a family farm. I live in an agricultural state, and the last admin screwed over our family farms so bad that hundreds more than expected went bankrupt during their trade war with China, who is a major importer of American agricultural products, and then subsidies for farms only came after the giant corporations bought their family farms, their equipment, and just about everything else they had of value for pennies on the dollar so they could be forced to move nearer to a city so they could work for other corporations at a loss.
      I get why people are often unwilling to accept that the world has changed compared to what they are used to or what they expected, but I highly encourage you to figure it out.

  • Chris B
    Chris B 5 개월 전 +24

    I can’t imagine anybody at all is pleased or even vaguely ok with our boarders situation.

    • Chris B
      Chris B 4 개월 전 +1

      @Jay I’m Dem and I agree. I was surprised to see the poll outcome.

    • jhon klan
      jhon klan 3 개월 전 +2

      Its easy for Condescending john because he does not have to deal with the invaders.

    • Tylr
      Tylr 14 일 전

      Look there's basically 2 solutions. Either close the border and maintain the social safety net. Or get rid of the social safety net and the borders can be whatever.
      You just can't have both a generous tax and spend economy while debasing your own working class by bringing in as much migration as you want to suppress low skill workers.
      It's mathematically impossible which is why our debt is running over 120% of GDP now.

  • Mike T.
    Mike T. 5 개월 전 +10

    How timely that the president announces 1,500 federal troops going to the border a day after this segment airs. Well done, Mr. Oliver.

    • Michael Davis
      Michael Davis 5 개월 전

      Isn't the great deception about to be shattered . God's on earth .

    • Michael Davis
      Michael Davis 5 개월 전

      The TSA started accepting alternative identification. Worldwide , wanna bet what country dares of not accepting of God's daughters. Their Father is the judger of Nations and Tribes. Their Father is The Aleph Tav. Wanna bet this is happening. The one world order has to do with Awomen , not amen .

  • Wayne Matheson
    Wayne Matheson 3 개월 전 +1

    I think it is beautiful that a newsish organisation in this day an age can coitize the negative aspects of both political parties and party leaders. It has become a rarity.

  • SinisterAF
    SinisterAF 3 개월 전 +2

    It’s sad that so many people cant live safely in their own country

  • My Channel
    My Channel 5 개월 전 +595

    Just because things could be worse, doesn't mean they couldn't be better. Just because you love your country, doesn't meant you can't wish better for it. It's our duty to guide our country towards a better state.

    • Florence Inanna
      Florence Inanna 5 개월 전 +17

      Omg. This. 🎉🎉🎉

    • Jordi Nagel
      Jordi Nagel 5 개월 전 +17

      BOGDAN SERBANwhat’s there to explain? Seriously, he’s said it about s simply as can be expected. If you want it dumbed down even further, best I can give you is “don’t get complacent,” which is only part of the sentiment

    • TheFishOwnsYou
      TheFishOwnsYou 5 개월 전 +16

      you americans should have voted for Bernie.

    • Benjamzz
      Benjamzz 5 개월 전

      yes by saying Biden isnt left ENOUGH? When the right already thinks hes too far left. Wouldnt mind him criticizing someone or something for being too left.... at least once a year

  • The Cheese
    The Cheese 4 개월 전 +21

    You need to do a show on The Friend of the Court and Child Support. I guarantee a 2 part episode. It is a crazy system that needs to be brought to light for what it really is. A "people wrecking machine" is a great way to explain it.

    • Kazuma
      Kazuma 4 개월 전 +2

      Divorce courts also ruin lives. Once the writers strike ends, John should also talk about them.

  • John Chessant
    John Chessant 4 개월 전 +44

    rewatching old videos because I need to hear John's voice at least once a week :D
    I hope the studios agree to a better contract for writers soon!

    • Jim Palmer
      Jim Palmer 3 개월 전 +3

      Seconded !
      I'm 'jonesing' for my 'comedy/news fixes', and it ain't pretty.

    • Gaile Oxstain
      Gaile Oxstain 개월 전 +1

      And it's frankly scary to see videos half a decade old still somehow being more relevant to today.

    • Jim Palmer
      Jim Palmer 개월 전 +1

      @Gaile Oxstain
      Ain't THAT the truth !
      And what's even MORE SCARY, is to see 'clips' or hear songs going all the way back to the 60s, 70s, 80's, etc. that seem that they were done 'yesterday' !
      Boggles the Sane mind !

    • strangebrew420
      strangebrew420 개월 전

      It's been two months. This strike deserves to get clowned on. Like every writer's strike

  • silverpurkat
    silverpurkat 5 개월 전 +28

    This was the same experience I had late last year when I had to renewal my passport. My job was starting up international travel again and unfortunately my passport expires within 6 months of my first flight back. I was stuck between waiting 12 week (guaranteed process) to mail out my passport to be process or wait until 2 weeks before my flight. I had to go through a government website to get the appointment 2 weeks before my flight and it was a nightmare getting an appointment that was reasonably close to home. The closest appointment was 350 miles away from me and a day before my flight! while I lived only 45 miles from the local government branch. I couldn’t setup an appointment there either. It is so fucked up

    • Steve Getman
      Steve Getman 4 개월 전 +1

      We should totally put those people in charge of health care. ;)

    • Mike
      Mike 29 일 전

      Huh. So you work international and let your passport die?

  • ZoraXire
    ZoraXire 5 개월 전 +6

    this was the main issue of why I was so upset Biden won the democratic ticket. I knew he was going to be horrible with border control, while everyone else and their dog was running for the position and they would have done a better job. Granted I'm glad we don't currently have another 4yrs of the cheeto, but I agree Biden needs to step up and put his money where his mouth is.

    • DJ Tundra
      DJ Tundra 4 개월 전

      Lmao the Cheeto 😂😂😂

    • Jerry Kass
      Jerry Kass 28 일 전

      Let’s just say it’s complicated and hope that the major parties will ultimately work together to compromise and develop more pragmatic policy and approaches that will help address the related issues in a way that balances American 🇺🇸 ideals and conscience, but also recognizes that we can’t have full blown open borders either. The Democrats and Republicans actually had agreed upon new policy in a Bipartisan deal that provided for both additional border wall funding and related support, but also additional resources to help smooth the process, as well as granting path to citizenship for DACA’s, but the moron that Trump 🤡 is blew apart the deal out of pure greed and stupidity. Things could’ve been a lot better right now if it wasn’t for that.

  • Burning Flag
    Burning Flag 3 개월 전 +58

    Certain late night hosts are treating their staff like shit. And though i miss my last week tonight fix. Nothing but respect for John Oliver standing with his staff

    • OZbibaO
      OZbibaO 3 개월 전 +4

      What late night host are you referring to?

    • Burning Flag
      Burning Flag 3 개월 전 +6

      @OZbibaO Google Jimmy Fallon writers strike for the whole story. It's pretty shitty

    • lee H
      lee H 3 개월 전 +7

      @burningflag3679 i googled it and all i saw was that he and Meyers are paying out of pocket for their staff??? was there something else that he did?

  • Tylr
    Tylr 14 일 전

    You know, John has really moved me on this issue. If he'se willing to put them in his neighborhood and in his house, I'm fine with it. 2.1 million was it? John can handle that. Let's change the laws for John.

  • unholyiiamas
    unholyiiamas 5 개월 전 +775

    Even entering legally is incredibly difficult. My aunts and uncles, who are middle class in Mexico, and can afford an attorney to handle the process, have been waiting for 24 years for their green cards to be approved.

    • SSSHAR
      SSSHAR 5 개월 전 +134

      My uncle in South America waited 15 years and once he was approved, he was already married with kids and he was like, no thanks.

    • Phasmata
      Phasmata 5 개월 전 +135

      A friend of mine, born in the US, has been waiting for years (married in 2019 and only started to see some progress by late 2022) for his WIFE to be allowed to immigrate. Something tells me that if he was white and/or she was European, he wouldn't be waiting, but he's Asian, and she's from Laos.

    • PJ H22
      PJ H22 5 개월 전 +6


    • Oregon Ghost
      Oregon Ghost 5 개월 전 +27

      @PJ H22 mine was 10 years and i lost a wife and happy life

  • Farwander
    Farwander 5 개월 전 +2

    I had to prove I'd been vaccinated (both first shots) and had passed a Covid test within 36 hours of crossing the border into Canada. I would love to seek asylum there, for many reasons including threats of violence towards myself. Now that is impossible, thanks to Biden and Trudeau. You're about to say, "You should stay and fix your country."

  • RMFX
    RMFX 5 개월 전 +254

    My wife has been waiting for almost 1.5 years for her greencard renewal. We've been married for 25 years, it should be a rubber stamp at this point. Her first renewal took a few months. Everything related to immigration is backlogged right now.

    • Lancair W
      Lancair W 5 개월 전 +32

      She should be a citizen by this point. Then you don’t have to deal with the stamp

    • Angry Hobbit
      Angry Hobbit 5 개월 전 +8

      I agree with the other commenter - it's going to be long and painful, but get working on her citizenship. Some of the backlog you are seeing today tracks back to the drastic immigration measures implemented after 9/11. Criminal background checks were lengthened, number of documents had increased, all the forms got longer with additional questions, and the "are you a terrorist" interview has been extended as well. So, the whole thing exponentially blew up.

    • RMFX
      RMFX 5 개월 전 +34

      Amazingly, not everyone wants to be a citizen. Have you seen this country?

    • Mr.Aptronym
      Mr.Aptronym 5 개월 전 +20

      My wife and I are going through the process for the first time. Just got married last year. It has been frustrating and honestly dehuminizing. We have been waiting to even get our interview. Even still, she has it better than the rest of our friends that are here on other types of visas. It isn't just slow, they make the process miserable.
      (And to others, not everyone wants to be a US citizen. My wife also plans to keep her current citizenship. Plenty of reasons to.)

  • A. Schmidt
    A. Schmidt 4 개월 전 +1

    I know the show has covered it before, but I think this segment would’ve been helped by a very very brief recap on the right to asylum internationally and under US law. Most people are not familiar/ may not remember what exactly asylum is. Also, a piece missing from this discussion is: what is the long term solution? With the climate crisis, refugees and asylum seekers will exponentially rise- is the U.S. supposed to accept all of these people?

    KYSMO 5 개월 전

    I really appreciate that because Biden was supported doesn’t mean that he cannot be criticized. I like how the Tonight’s work seems honest.

  • C. O
    C. O 4 개월 전 +14

    My husband should have had his green card over a year ago, they haven't even interviewed him. He is a highly skilled worker with a good job, married to a citizen (me) and a father to 2 citizens.

    • jhon klan
      jhon klan 3 개월 전 +2

      There are 6 million people wanting a green card renewal. Its a long line.

  • wcpgw
    wcpgw 5 개월 전 +662

    I'm German, and I was in a LDR with an American girl. At one point, I looked into ways to stay in the US for a longer time. She couldn't believe how hard it is to get into the country, maybe she thought I was too stupid to find the right approach. I'm a software developer with a degree, and it would be so incredible difficult to come with a work visa, and then you are on the mercy of the company hiring you. Also marrying wouldn't be all rainbows and unicorn puke. Things didn't work out between us, and to be honest, I prefer the employee rights and protections I have in Germany very much over the American nightmare. After we broke up, she accused me to be anti-american. That's not true, I like your country, but that means even more that I have to criticize it if it becomes a shit show of a dumpsterfire on an erupting volcano. Get your shit together, and immigration would be a good starting point.

    • Cassandra Buitron
      Cassandra Buitron 5 개월 전 +114

      I'm an American and I am openly critical of our country. It is a dumpster fire here. As bad as you think it is, it's worse.

    • theBear89451
      theBear89451 5 개월 전 +42

      High US salaries lead to an immigration demand-supply imbalance. US laws are primary created to help special interest, not the majority.

    • Rachel lundquest
      Rachel lundquest 5 개월 전 +57

      Our country is a raging hell. Ik there are worst countries, but there are much better ones too. I wish usa would get its shit together, but a large portion of our population doesn't want that. 🤦‍♀

    • Yuh
      Yuh 5 개월 전 +107

      Why would you move to the US from Germany? You guys have health care, paid time off, non exploding trains, and a stable political structure.

    • Cassandra Buitron
      Cassandra Buitron 5 개월 전 +36

      @Rachel lundquest I can see why you would think that. And maybe you're right. But I also think there are well-funded corporate interests who are very good at keeping the dumpster fire going.

  • SteinreichStudios
    SteinreichStudios 5 개월 전 +66

    Those "glitches" happen more often than one might think: at my father's workplace the automated desinfection stations didn't "see" workers with darker skin tone, some took it with humor, at least THIS problem was solved after a short while :o

    • ezrafett
      ezrafett 5 개월 전 +4

      I've seen the US govt apps facial recognition not work on very pale / white people, too. I tried to help an older neighbor get the IRS app to recognize his face, never could get it to work with any lighting setup.

  • Ida Rabben
    Ida Rabben 5 개월 전 +1

    I have 2 comments to this from an outside perspective:
    1: The irony of non native americans complaining about imigration will never be lost on me.
    2: The whole applying for asylum in the countrys you came to first kind of reminds me of the shengen agreement, and that has obviusly worked "great" for spain, greece and italy. And has not caused problems for refugees at all. (If it is not obvius, I am sarcastic here).

  • Anna N
    Anna N 개월 전 +6

    It's a hot mess in NY with migrants. Not sustainable to pay for hotels.

    • Khugo1221
      Khugo1221 6 일 전

      Hello, can we be friends, I live in Austin Texas, what about you dear!!!!

  • vincentpol
    vincentpol 4 개월 전 +8

    There's something inherently weird about people being so concerned over a country. There are hundreds like it, the borders are arbitrary, there's nothing natural about it, and despite that most people don't even know some of your neighbors, they somehow feel a deep connection with others within those same borders, while harboring prejudice and hatred for those outside of it. Most people grow up with this mindset hammered into them and can never shake it off despite how ridiculously stupid it is.

    • Erick Tellez
      Erick Tellez 3 개월 전 +1

      Exactly, the daily lifestyle of people, their jobs, material conditions isn’t affected by political divisions in a piece of land but rather the community they operate in, you don’t need a state to evolve yourself as a person, it’s a community that works with each other regardless of the “nationality” of the people.

    • Віктор Кушнір
      Віктор Кушнір 2 개월 전

      @Erick Tellez you seem to confuse nationality with the citizenship.

    • Tracey Walker Nukho
      Tracey Walker Nukho 15 시간 전


  • Mahesh
    Mahesh 2 개월 전 +3

    Facial recognition IS HARDER when your skin is darker, period. I'm dark myself, and I've written this code, and it's frustrating, but there's little that can be done about it. it's because there's less contrast in my features (dark skin, dark hair, eyebrows) and if I'm not in a well-lit area, I just fade into the background. This has to do with the very physics of photography and vision -- how much light and how much difference in the light and dark areas. One solution is to remove the IR filter that's on all digital cameras, that made me look very white, gave me plenty of contrast. This means that the melanin in my skin apparently reflects, not absorbs, near infrared. That was good enough for my purposes.

  • Apheleion
    Apheleion 5 개월 전 +265

    I am a US citizen born here, wife is from Brazil we have been waiting for a year to get her visa, it literally puts our life on pause we have done all the paperwork had to pay over 4k in fees and they lost our paperwork 3 times. it is a complete shit process. The reason why a lot of people enter illegally is because even doing it the legal way takes years and is not a guarantee. I have a friend who was seeking asylum from Venezuela and its been over 3 years for him to get his Visa.

    • Freeman
      Freeman 5 개월 전 +19

      Serious question…No ill will.
      Is everyone who seeks a visa entitled to one?

    • Spidey
      Spidey 5 개월 전

      oh thats BS. Youre whold story is a lie.

    • Apheleion
      Apheleion 5 개월 전 +38

      @Freeman dude yes they are, you can't work in the country, drive, get a license or anything without a visa.

    • LoudMinded
      LoudMinded 5 개월 전 +48

      ​@Freeman No. But it would be fair if you get your answer quickly. I don't know about USA, but for EU countries you can read the requirements on the embassy website and then apply for the category that suits you (work, marriage, study, travel...). If you are refused, you have few weeks to make a formal complaint.

  • Sturm Flut
    Sturm Flut 4 개월 전 +10

    Can we pause for a moment to appreciate the consistent quality and art style of Last Week Tonight's photoshopped pictures? Someone came up with this exact look years ago and has stuck with it. It's immediately recognizable.

  • Vescerio
    Vescerio 3 개월 전 +3

    im not gunna lie, this show is really intriguing, and it's funny, but i think it's also severely bringing my mood down. I don't think i've ever been this combination of angry depressed and hopeless.

  • time2livelife
    time2livelife 5 개월 전

    As an independent, I think it’s disgusting to refuse to condemn someone’s actions just because they’re in the same political party as you.

  • Hellochocolatemyoldfriend

    I think the app is a way better solution than the previous one. It's still shit, but having people struggle with an app indoors, seems way better than them lined up outdoors against a wall.

  • Rerun Son
    Rerun Son 개월 전 +2

    "It's about family." Says a man that wouldn't recognize his own grandchild. When in doubt, blame Trump.

  • Beware the Lily of the Valley

    That app makes me think of when I worked with my state's unemployment office during the pandemic. Our role was very limited (we could help with filing a weekly claim and update personal information on the account, but we could not approve an account for benefits as I believe that had to be done by a licensed adjudicator). For those needing more assistance, they required an appointment to speak with someone by phone. Appointments could only be made Sunday through Thursday after 5PM. The slots were taken within two minutes of opening and people were going months without being able to speak with someone. We were actually informed to flag a supervisor if someone made mention of committing suicide because of this.
    That was just unemployment benefits, I can only imagine how much worse it is for those seeking asylum.

    • Mahky V
      Mahky V 5 개월 전 +51

      Yep, it's designed to fail.

    • SmallSpoonBrigade
      SmallSpoonBrigade 5 개월 전 +18

      Adjudicators are licensed? I take it there's no ethics exam involved, because around here they're some of the worst scum and villainy that the state can find. And I've been a state employee, I'm generally not one to badmouth state employees, the only government employees that I can think of that are worse are tax assessors and prosecutors.

    • Seffi Shestopal
      Seffi Shestopal 5 개월 전 +10

      Oh god, that sounds like a nightmare.

    • D.E.B. B
      D.E.B. B 5 개월 전 +6

      I'm just glad that I've never needed emoloyment help.

    • Pádraig p
      Pádraig p 5 개월 전 +17

      Yeah that's nonsense it needs to be triaged ..the most vulnerable first. And that could easily be done by a human being. I always think when I am going by through some beurocratic hoops that one person with a brain could easily and quickly solve the problem...and example is my mom who broke her hip and got home help one year later....she took it cos she had broken her arm by then..she recently broke her arm again and they had delete her file so she had to go through the process again because they only hold records for five years. Now that makes sense with a young person. It does not make sense with elderly people who are acsessing elderly care because they are only going to need more care as time goes by. Not less. Its not like a young person who had an issue got over it and has 70 years of health. This is a 70 year old having their records delete at 75 when their need it. Going to be more. They should automatically go on a list of vulnerable people and actually asked if they need help not wait to apply for help. The hospital should flag these people who come in with a broken skull or injury because at that age you may not be able to fill out a form and most of them cant use a bloody website or app to save their lives they can barely use whatsapp. Yet all in person office are closed all phone lines closed and only online available and hardly anyone knows how to reach them and if you are old and just had a fall youre not even able to type cos you just broke your damn hand and are in a fog of pain. Its just a useless load of Pen pushing going on and ive literally had arguements with those people who can somehow spend an hour argueing but cant spend five minutes go something? They're worse than robots. No offence i know your hands are tied. I'd be fired in five minutes fron your job because id break the rules to help people. THe system is stupid and smart people and kind people like yourself have their hands tied and are punished for helping people. Its very wrong.

  • tillie lynn
    tillie lynn 4 개월 전

    Love your humor, keep it up

  • Loon Loon Like Moon Moon

    As a SWANA man watching my fellow SWANA refugees being evicted from their houses in Europe in favour of Ukranian ones, it breaks my heart, although is completely unsurprising, to see the US show a similar preference towards Ukranian ones over Latino ones. There is pretty much nothing that makes me feel worse than looking at a fellow refugee with envy; they are suffering just like us and its not their fault that they get better treatment, but it is unbelievably disheartening. I hope one day for all refugees to be able to get even just half of the support Ukranian refugees have gotten. It would have done my family and many others a world of difference.

  • Boris Manzur
    Boris Manzur 5 개월 전 +1

    Don't we need more people to keep the economy going?

  • Kalvin Goodlaxson
    Kalvin Goodlaxson 5 개월 전 +5

    Too bad this is the last topic for a while the writer's strike just started and affected it today for late night television. Since I want to see more stuff of his show that focuses on issues concerning companies and stories that haven't been covered at all.

  • Ken G
    Ken G 4 개월 전 +1

    Immigration is FAR from USA's worst problem, ie: A government that is earning money from human suffering. America is under attack from corrupt politicians.

  • Sunless
    Sunless 5 개월 전 +207

    It's amazing to me that they failed to realize that the app for creating asylum appointments would never work simply do to the fact that bots can take up all of the appointments, using the exact same methods they use to buy up all of the Nvidia graphics cards every time they release. All it takes is one right-wing group with some technology and they can cancel everybody's ability to use the app.

    • Angry Hobbit
      Angry Hobbit 5 개월 전 +45

      I was also thinking - WHY are they so convinced all the immigrants have smartphones? Talk about privilege talking! Come on! I get that they are ubiquitous, even in the poorest nation, but they are not a given. Wouldn't it be AWESOME if they formed a thinktank made up of immigrants who have been through the current process to design a new one? I bet you the first thing they would do is ditch the stupid app.

    • dontlookatme
      dontlookatme 5 개월 전 +22

      ​@Angry Hobbit You're not just talking about immigrants, but asylum seekers. These people have been forced to flee, they didn't make a decision, so it's even crazier to just assume they have everything they need

    • Slamz Dunk
      Slamz Dunk 5 개월 전 +11

      @Angry Hobbit The app is just another hurdle, which is of course on purpose.

    • Shahab Sheikhzadeh
      Shahab Sheikhzadeh 5 개월 전 +5

      I recommend deleting this and not giving them any ideas :\

    • Sunless
      Sunless 5 개월 전 +1

      @Slamz Dunk 100%

  • John Kitto IV
    John Kitto IV 4 개월 전 +11

    I'm posting this here as it's Last Week Tonights most recent episode and for those of you just tuning in:
    The WGA (writers guild of America) is currently on strike! This effectively means until a compromise between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (represents the companies that employ the writers) is made: no new media will be made.
    If you haven't already, start finding reruns to binge.

    • Tylr
      Tylr 14 일 전

      Please, dear god, let them stay on strike forever. People are actually starting to learn again.

  • time2livelife
    time2livelife 5 개월 전 +1

    I genuinely don’t understand why we’re keeping migrants in internment camps. Either let them in or let them go. No one should be dehumanized and imprisoned for seeking a better life.

  • Radek Żak
    Radek Żak 5 개월 전

    It's not quite in this material, but it was the same episode and I really have to say it: "Magtoaletolia" is the best movie of 2023 so far. Thank you John for supporting the auteurist cinema

  • CeDel2
    CeDel2 4 개월 전 +2

    It’s crazy to me that people in dire straights wants to come to a country that doesn’t want them, will not respect them, will take advantage of them, and treats its citizens like red headed stepchildren.

    • SciFi Realism
      SciFi Realism 2 개월 전


    • The Sci-Fi Dog Lady
      The Sci-Fi Dog Lady 개월 전

      Hi! Genuine question here: what’s with the red headed step children? like nobody wants them? I had never heard that phrase before! ✌🏼

  • ABE K
    ABE K 5 개월 전 +91

    If anyone actually travels down to Mexico and tries to come into the US, you will see an entire spectrum of people from all over the world standing in lines waiting for help across. Nobody talks about this. Its not just South Americans. It’s a mix.

    • Isaiah Harris
      Isaiah Harris 5 개월 전 +7

      @xander Ludahl Fighting tooth and nail, using all their life savings, seeking help from relatives and strangers, and a heaping dose of hope... but none of these things last under dire conditions

    • Pegged Yourdad
      Pegged Yourdad 5 개월 전

      But why? I’m always wondering why so many people would want to risk so much to come when there lives aren’t going to be much better at all. I understand if they’re coming from especially violent areas, but that leaves the question of why can’t they settle someone where closer by that’s also pretty safe compared to where they’re coming from.

    • Solid Freakazoid!
      Solid Freakazoid! 5 개월 전 +1

      50% of illegal immigrants into the United States come from Mexico.
      25% come from the rest of latin America.
      That means only 25% of illegal immigrants in America come from non-latin American countries.
      Also, these countries have high rates of asylum seekers.
      So, the most illegal immigrants come from countries with the worst crimes.
      In other words, we are recreating conditions that people risk their lives to escape!

  • boRegah
    boRegah 4 개월 전 +34

    I support the writers strike. Writers at your show or in Hollywood are in fact super privileged people but everyone should be able to unionize and fight for a better work environment. Your country needs all the true democratic participation it can get anyway.

    • Jude Connor-Macintyre
      Jude Connor-Macintyre 3 개월 전 +3

      I don't know weather they are or not at John Oliver's show but to say that all writers in Hollywood is privileged is just wrong. Many writers have to work multiple jobs and can't afford to eat.
      Just because many people in Hollywood are privileged doesn't mean they all are.

    • Galagar Rocket
      Galagar Rocket 2 개월 전

      Nah screw those writers. They do nothing but churn out woke garbage that fails so I'm all for AI replacing them because humans suck at writing.

  • jason mathes
    jason mathes 5 개월 전 +3

    The problem isn't southern American continent asylum seekers, it's giving unlimited Visa's to the higher cast Indian's. They are the one's taking jobs that African Americans should be givin schooling & training to do! But high cast Indian's are fine with capitalism & are not pro working class since they are inserted far above it, so both Democrats & Republicans are fine bringing them over en mass. We need to curtail non American continent immigration & focus on those born here in the states & the rest of the American continent.

  • Leonardo Borrero Luz
    Leonardo Borrero Luz 4 개월 전 +1

    Please make one on how rental car companies are notoriously scammy. We all hate them. We all get frustrated by them.

  • Thomas Simone
    Thomas Simone 3 개월 전

    I love how there was no weeks after this one, it make life easier

  • Jason Richter
    Jason Richter 5 개월 전 +5

    Those with power care not, those who care have no power. Great system for keeping things the same.

  • Kartik Kaushik
    Kartik Kaushik 5 개월 전 +1753

    While I do understand the plea of these migrants, I have some first hand experience with people who had to leave the country as legal highly skilled labor who had come into the country ”the right way”. An Indian friend of mine had been married and settled in the US. She had been working for nearly 2 decades as an H1-b worker since her permanent residence permit was still very much stuck in the process. She and her spouse were working in medicine and tech respectively, so atleast $130k plus each, and were law abiding tax paying citizens, contributing to their society and their economies. They had bought and built a house for their family and had one daughter who was a US citizen by birth. When my friend lost her job during the Covid-19 pandemic, she had a total of 3 months to find another one in exactly the same field. When she was unable to do so her family had to upend their entire lives and leave immediately along with their daughter, abandoning their house and pet.
    If this is how the US government treats people who were educated in the country, contributing to the economy greatly and were overall outstanding members of their societies, I can only wonder how they treat migrants from these other countries.

    • john smith
      john smith 5 개월 전 +33

      much better, catch and release. work of the books, no tax, in some states you even got rights.

    • Betageek52
      Betageek52 5 개월 전 +37

      Citizens get much the same... 🤕🤕🤕

    • Ari Bantala
      Ari Bantala 5 개월 전 +214

      God, that's disgusting. Absolutely f*cking deplorable. Holy shit
      And because it's H1-B, yeah, they need to have a job to retain the visa...
      I seriously question the morality of that Visa... Those who worked under H1-B should have access to better citizenship access after certain amount of time of application.
      Like seriously, these people pay taxes and worked for the economy. They are just a document short of a proper Citizen. And throwing them away just because they can't find a new job IN 3 MONTHS after their years of contribution is disgusting

    • Nirajan Ghimire
      Nirajan Ghimire 5 개월 전


  • Phillip Lanos
    Phillip Lanos 5 개월 전 +2

    The Last Week Tonight Team does it again! This one and the Migrant Workers piece are essential discourse right now.

  • Ptao Tom
    Ptao Tom 5 개월 전

    I just finished watching the full episode. I'm just here to say that that is a very lovely tie. From the color to the flower. I love it.

  • Saša Pokrajac
    Saša Pokrajac 2 개월 전

    We really miss you guys! Please find your way to come back soon!

  • ShroudedWolf51
    ShroudedWolf51 5 개월 전 +1

    I just want to say. There is literally no reason for there to be any facial recognition in any kind of app. Not for this, not for anything else. This is absolutely unacceptable.

  • Random Name
    Random Name 3 개월 전

    That Haiku joke got a genuine snort chuckle out of me.

  • BaconDragon2000
    BaconDragon2000 5 개월 전 +146

    Sometimes I genuinely forget that John Oliver has been around for 10 years. Like he was excited longer than in the 80s.

  • xylene
    xylene 5 개월 전 +1

    South Dakota is mostly empty, right? Why don't we just say immigrants can move here to the US, but they have to live in South Dakota. Lol. Seriously, though, this is a complicated issue and it will take a lot of work to solve it properly. I appreciate John discussing it.

  • Loren Guerriero
    Loren Guerriero 5 개월 전 +14

    I agree that we need comprehensive immigration reform, but also think our asylum process wasn’t designed for economic migrants, and it incentivizes people to make a dangerous journey where the expected outcome is they get to live in the USA informally and possibly go off the radar while their asylum case pends…that’s not how it’s supposed to work either. I think we need to both massively increase legal immigration, but enforce against unlawful border crossings. The situation is inhumane because we mismanage the influx, but the root of the problem is we are unprepared, we have a large porous border, and the incentives to migrate are large enough to attract millions.

    • 100c0c
      100c0c 4 개월 전 +4

      Massively increase immigration when the Southwest has barely enough water sometimes and there's a housing crisis all over the country? Irresponsible.

    • Jerry Kass
      Jerry Kass 28 일 전

      Let’s just say it’s complicated and hope that the major parties will ultimately work together to compromise and develop more pragmatic policy and approaches that will help address the related issues in a way that balances American 🇺🇸 ideals and conscience, but also recognizes that we can’t have full blown open borders either. The Democrats and Republicans actually had agreed upon new policy in a Bipartisan deal that provided for both additional border wall funding and related support, but also additional resources to help smooth the process, as well as granting path to citizenship for DACA’s, but the moron that Trump 🤡 is blew apart the deal out of pure greed and stupidity. Things could’ve been a lot better right now if it wasn’t for that.

    • Tylr
      Tylr 14 일 전

      The real question then is "why do you hate black people?"
      Why do you want to 'massively' increase the economic competition on people who are least able to deal with it?
      Why are you racist?
      jk jk ...but the massive legal immigration will compete with the lower economic rungs of our society, and I really don't think we want that. Honestly, I don't see why we need immigration at all. If Apple wants to move to india because we don't have enough tech employees, and Apple doesn't want to help raise kids to be those employees in the US, then in my mind smell ya later Apple. If Google doesn't want to help build people into the positions they need filled, that doesn't mean they have carte blanch to just fly in someone else from around the world to do it. The US doesn't exist as a nation to facilitate Google's employee needs. Same with migrant seasonal workers.

  • Josh Lehnertz
    Josh Lehnertz 2 개월 전 +1

    1:03 boy does that sound genuine. Absolutely positively convinced that he wasn’t reading off a script.

  • James Richards
    James Richards 5 개월 전 +11

    "...At least be held accountable to the promises he made..." Yeah. I became politically active around 1999. I was politically aware when I was 10. Something my dad thought I should be into even at that age. Always quizzing me or asking if I understood what was going on. In 1992, I should have been more interested in building my first computer, playing video games and watching Saturday morning cartoons. I did pay attention to the after effects of the Gulf War. And Clinton getting into office. One of the first things I understood as I watched his presidency, followed by Bush Jr, then Obama and then Trump. They will make all the promises they want on the campaign trail. None of them will come true. If they do, it would be a miracle.

    • E W
      E W 3 개월 전 +1

      I grew up very politically aware, although I've been doing it MUCH longer than you as I still remember the Watergate hearings. It's rather strange how things seemed to have come full circle since then.

  • ovidiudbz
    ovidiudbz 2 개월 전 +3

    Can someone explain to the writers that the fate of people doesn't hang in the balance because this is done via an app but because there is a limited number of admissions allocated randomly. The app is only the medium, if it was done in person or via a website or a call it wouldn't make it better.

  • Angry Hobbit
    Angry Hobbit 5 개월 전 +73

    I came to this country perfectly legally, speaking good English, trained in a highly sought-after profession, and it took me 14 years to get citizenship, during which I did lose my status by following instructions from the Department of Homeland Security and was illegal for 2 years. And I consider myself lucky. I didn't get arrested. I didn't get deported. Sure, I was interrogated for hours about being a terrorist and had all of my privacy stripped from me, but that is actually not the worst that can happen - this story here demonstrates this APTLY. US immigration system is an exercise in advanced sadism.

    • Charles Pancamo
      Charles Pancamo 5 개월 전 +1

      you're right. We shouldn't have one. We should seal up as much as possible, not detain anyone, arrest them for breaking our laws and let that be that.

    • Angry Hobbit
      Angry Hobbit 5 개월 전 +5

      @Charles Pancamo where did I say that? You are agreeing with something that is a product of your imagination. I was pointing out that the immigration system, as it exists today, is broken and inhumane. It is a sad tribute to the country built by and, in many ways, sustained by immigrants. So, kindly abstain from ignorant remarks and, instead, consider what is actually being said.

    • Charles Pancamo
      Charles Pancamo 5 개월 전 +3

      @Angry Hobbit Is japan ignorant? Denmark? Nothing ignorant about enforcing borders and strict immigration. What do you suggest?

    • kool2btrue
      kool2btrue 5 개월 전 +3

      @Charles Pancamo Lol Japan has had negative economic growth partly due to their immigration policies limiting their growth potential. Neither is beacon of good immigration process, not a model the US should follow.

  • Ivaylo Traykov
    Ivaylo Traykov 4 개월 전 +3

    You know, after this episode I know for sure I don't want to even visit America. I love shows like this that can show me the true colors of so many things, and mainly the cornerstones of America and how bad they actually are. Hope the Machine doesn't stop the show and keep up with the good work for everyone outside of America.

    • secular monk
      secular monk 4 개월 전 +1

      "Nobody tries to get into America anymore ... the lines are too long"

  • Adrian Quintanilla
    Adrian Quintanilla 5 개월 전

    Absolutely sad 😢. The USA really has lost its way with ‘protecting families’. They could easily say you need to pay 35% tax and immigrants would happily pay it.
    And the radical right would say its not enough.

  • Brown 25
    Brown 25 4 개월 전 +7

    We also need to address the issues that drive people to seek asylum here. We or any other country cannot take everyone in who is dissatisfied with the conditions in their home country.

  • Barry
    Barry 4 개월 전

    I want to sincerely thank John for putting the image of an alligator orgy in my head.
    Thank you

  • CurseTheDawn
    CurseTheDawn 3 개월 전 +13

    I immigrated from the US to Canada on a limited work visa. To then stay in the country as a resident I had to go through a lengthy process and a lot of money and paperwork. This all culminated in me being given a score based on my work history, health, age, education, etc. My name was then added to a pool of eligible candidates. Each year Canada would draw a certain amount of people from this pool based on who had the highest scores. Much of the paperwork "expired" each year and would require you to reapply and pay again to be eligible for the next drawing from the pool. I did not get chosen several times,. but was lucky enough to be chosen just before my visa renewal eligibility ended. I was not seeking asylum of course, but I left the US because I have a medical condition I would not be able to afford under US health care. So even though my situation was somewhat serious I had to go through Canada's intended immigration process.

    • SciFi Realism
      SciFi Realism 2 개월 전 +2

      That's messed up.

    • Tylr
      Tylr 14 일 전 +2

      It's not great to work abroad as an american either. We are one of the few countries where taxes paid in the host nation don't count against US income taxes (above a certain point). Basically you could make 100k/yr abroad, but any more than that and the US income tax would apply to your yearly salary on top of the host nation's tax system. double taxes is so fun...

    • SciFi Realism
      SciFi Realism 14 일 전

      @Tylr wtf.

  • Rocío Miranda
    Rocío Miranda 5 개월 전 +561

    Even applying for a tourist visa is hard. In Costa Rica people wait up to a year for an appointment to apply for a visa to go to Disneyworld. And the fee is really expensive for most people. You pay, you wait and you can still be refused.

    • Rebecca Ore
      Rebecca Ore 5 개월 전 +25

      The $160 application fee is not refundable. And 50% of applicants in Nicaragua before 2018 were getting rejected. Can’t apply at the border anymore, have to apply at the US consulate. Most get two year parole entry visas, at least in Nicaragua.

    • Gwen Walravens
      Gwen Walravens 5 개월 전 +44

      Come to Europe. We have Disneyland. I'm sure there is public transport from Paris to Disneyland.

    • Monique Engleman
      Monique Engleman 5 개월 전 +7

      That is nuts! I thought we were the home of the free and brave. I was so wrong.

    • Spinoza the Obvious
      Spinoza the Obvious 5 개월 전 +23

      I have a friend who is Indonesian and lives here in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband, in the house that they own. They wanted to go to her sister's wedding in the US. But because she has family in the US, her visa was denied instantly, they deemed she might want to stay.

    • antedeguemon
      antedeguemon 5 개월 전 +21

      @Monique Engleman American tourist visa is notoriously one of the most batshit insane visa interviews all around. While the process itself isn't that much harsher than many others (Japanese tourist visa comes to mind, they want an actual document listing everything you intend to do in the country), most countries have very clear requirements and recommendations that basically guarantee the tourist visa after the interview. The USA not only doesn't really have as such, it often denies visa for basically no discernible reason whatsoever. The interview process is straight up a gamble. If the interviewer is on a bad day they can and will blanket deny anyone that day.

  • Charles Bridges
    Charles Bridges 개월 전 +1

    I truly miss John and Stephen and all the late night shows, but i think the writer's need a good contract, they are kinda the stars of the shows. No them no show as we can see. On immigration so many PRESIDENTS and other's have dropped the ball. Including Biden and 5 other presidents. This is one thing we as a country have to come together and make a firm decision. This is the land of immigration for us ALL. As we grow the rules have to grow with it.

  • Rev. Kirk KB7QOD
    Rev. Kirk KB7QOD 5 개월 전 +76

    I am sure going to miss you until the strike is over. Keep up the fight and get paid! You and your writers are too brilliant to not be paid. Thank you!!!

    • FullSizedGaming
      FullSizedGaming 5 개월 전 +4

      He is being paid. If he goes off the air during the strike it just proves that he is nothing but a talking head reading the scripts written by others. The writers deserve to be paid exactly what they agree to be paid. NO ONE works for less than they agree to. If they want paid better they can simply stop accepting job offers for less money than they want. This is how the economy works. If there are to many people in a certain field, the pay goes down and down, until enough people move out of that field thereby increasing the value of that profession. What if literally every one in the country decided they wanted to be a writer. Obviously the availability of the workforce for that field would far exceed the demand and the value of that work would drastically decrease. These idiotic writers just forgot to write an episode where they understood how the economy works.

    • Kimberly Jean
      Kimberly Jean 5 개월 전 +40

      @FullSizedGaming John used to be a member of the union that is striking (like Seth Meyers) and is active in the writer's room every week.
      Also: "If they want paid better they can simply stop accepting job offers for less money than they want." What do you think a strike is, bud?

    • Tech Freak
      Tech Freak 5 개월 전 +10

      ​​@FullSizedGamingou don't have a choice to not work. You have to work, if you have bills to pay you're going to take what you can get even if it's less than what you want.

    • FullSizedGaming
      FullSizedGaming 5 개월 전

      @Kimberly Jean A strike is when you "dont quit" your job, but refuse to continue working for the amount you agreed upon while actively disrupting and interfering with non striking workings or the companies attempt to find replacement workers. This is drastically different than simply telling the boss I need a raise or I quit, or being honest when accepting the job and saying "i can't work for those wages, if you offer that to me I will take it for a while then go on strike and fck up your business unless you pay me more".

  • janice cannon
    janice cannon 4 개월 전

    Excellent, informative.

  • Karen As'adi
    Karen As'adi 3 개월 전

    is he still off? this season has been amazing, hope he keeps it up.

  • FQ Leonhart
    FQ Leonhart 개월 전

    This would actually a perfect time for a "Last Week Tonight" segment about what´s going on with the writers. I for example have no idea how all this works, but from my thinking - without ANY actual inside knowlegde - I´m thinking... one (good) writer must be enough for one show, that only produces ~25 episodes a year - so why are there thousands and thousands of people affected by this. However get your fuc**** health-insurance problems together, it can´t be that people are suffering so massively because of this. Captialism in the US seems to be like cancer in the final stage.

  • common viewer
    common viewer 5 개월 전 +107

    One problem is a severe lack of immigration courts

    • Bryan Hill
      Bryan Hill 5 개월 전 +13

      I'm sure that is by design, you can 'thank' a republican today.

    • Angry Hobbit
      Angry Hobbit 5 개월 전 +3

      Not just courts - although, that too. Immigration personnel in general - across all the stages of the immigration process. Whenever I talk to other immigrants about just... coming to any of the locations across the country, we all share the same experience: every processing location has a waiting room and at least five, if not ten, windows for officials to work with. However, of those, only two or three are usually opened, and at least one of the opened ones is working on something lengthy so, it might as well be unavailable. I get WHY no one wants to work at the Department of Homeland Security - like the IRS, the institution is one of the most despised in America. I think it has to be a two-fold effort - simplify the process on one hand, make it make sense and reasonable to navigate AND employ more people to attend to the process.
      It is bound to take a LONG time, but maybe, with a simpler process, the immigration representatives will be less despised, and more will be willing to work for the department.

  • Patrick Laslie
    Patrick Laslie 5 개월 전 +2

    Who cares about “the country”? This world is about the individuals “residing,” within it. What no one will talk about is that the sole issue is about money. And effort. There is “not enough money,” and those that make the most money, shockingly, put forth the least amount of effort. I look forward to seeing you all in the Mad Max, post-apocalyptic hellscape. 🤙

  • MatthewJ
    MatthewJ 5 개월 전 +1

    And at the same time Dan Crenshaw is trying to get a law passed to authorize military force in Mexico.

  • ade1y
    ade1y 개월 전 +3

    Underplaying immigration issue. Bravo..

  • Mistress Werewolf
    Mistress Werewolf 4 개월 전

    Would love to see you do an analysis on Andrew Tate - based on your Alex Jones analysis I imagine it would be both thrilling & a ratings blockbuster

  • Alan Beall
    Alan Beall 5 개월 전 +1

    Thank you so very much for raising this issue, AND, pointing to a litany of problems. To be clear I am a US born US citizen.

  • Bias Dahl
    Bias Dahl 5 개월 전 +360

    For clarity, I am a native born American. But my wife who is Colombian has gone through the immigration process and a lot of her family is also trying to apply and get visas and it’s not much better, and in many cases, worse than what you seem to talk about at the border. It’s almost like there are millions of people trying to get into the United States every year.

    • Cleb55
      Cleb55 5 개월 전 +51

      ​@Kevin Jensen 🤡

    • FULLY
      FULLY 5 개월 전 +26

      They could just stay at home, no? I mean seriously...why would you try and live in a country you hate? I wouldn't, and that's why I don't live in America...it's like they aren't committed to their own worldview. In my experience, when your actions don't reflect your words, it is because you are lying. Weird as heck

    • Sergio Teixeira
      Sergio Teixeira 5 개월 전 +12

      As someone who is in the same boat as your wife family, it seems that it’s easier to try and get asylum at the border than to stay at the legal system

  • Caleb Wells
    Caleb Wells 4 개월 전 +2

    What I took out of the first Biden clip was that he actually sounded competent in that situation

  • Skedetin DaJonne
    Skedetin DaJonne 5 개월 전 +1

    Good work team! The right wingers might not agree as easily if you keep dissing them tho :D

  • PandAnarky Studios
    PandAnarky Studios 4 개월 전

    I once talked to an immigrant who came here just before Trump had taken office. They came and requested asylum, and they were on to becoming a legal citizen. They told me it was sooo shocking to find out that most of the people they met didnt care whatsoever about their immigration status. They were scared to come here because they thought we would just be a bunch of anti immigration assholes.
    Nah man, most of us dont give a shit. Those that do, have their reasons (and thats fine, im not arguing for or against), but a big majority of us just dont care where you came from in the sense that they think we do.
    I really think we're just attempting to scare people from even trying to cross the border.

  • Matija Žiberna
    Matija Žiberna 4 개월 전 +6

    As an European having almost no way to immigrant legally I'm perplexed by how people expect to be taken in just by showing up at the border.

    • VitaeLibra
      VitaeLibra 4 개월 전 +1

      These are much different situations. Europe is much more tight knit and has a lot of regulations. The US has a MASSIVE border it shares with Canada and Mexico so it needs to make immigration easy or else people will just enter illegally. It's the common concept that if you make something legal you can regulate it. Make it illegal and it is out of your control

  • Aim-for-greatn3z
    Aim-for-greatn3z 3 개월 전 +1

    people truly belive just because you vote demarcate or republican the politicians will actually do something about anything! This is business as usual!