Mexicans in the Middle

  • Aired:  07/31/13
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A deeply unpopular Congress defies its constituents and basic reason by opposing comprehensive immigration reform. (3:46)

>> John: WELCOME TO THE "DAILY

SHOW."

MY NAME IS JOHN OLIVER.

I AM STILL SITTING IN FOR JON

STEWART WHO IS SPENDING THE

SUMMER WITH A LONELY

MILLIONAIRE.

SIGH WHAT YOU WILL-- HE'S MAKING

$3,000 AND HE DOESN'T HAVE TO

KISS ON THE MOUTH.

SO DON'T JUDGE.

OUR GUEST TONIGHT STARS IN

"LOVELACE," HANK AZARIA IS WITH

US.

VERY, VERY GOOD.

BUT WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH

CONGRESS.

>> A NEW CNN POLL SHOWS JUST HOW

FED UP WE ARE WITH CONGRESS.

77% DISAPPROVE OF HOW CONGRESS

IS HANDLING ITS JOB.

>> John: CONGRATULATIONS,

CONGRESS.

77%.

YOU MAY BE ABOUT TO BECOME THE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE'S MOST OFFENSE

OF THE "C" WORD.

( LAUGHTER )

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

AFTER ( BLEEP ).

BUT, LOOK, THERE'S STILL TWO

DAYS LEFT BEFORE THE AUGUST

RECESS.

THE "C" WORD COULD STILL PULL

THIS AROUND.

THEY COULD PASS IMMIGRATION

REFORM.

IT'S ALREADY BEEN THROUGH THE

SENATE, SO COME O"C" WORD, LET'S

DO THIS.

>> IMMIGRATION REFORM.

THAT'S STUCK AND IT HAS A VERY

DIFFICULT ROAD OF GETTING

ANYWHERE IN THE HOUSE.

>> John: OKAY, LET'S JUST BE

HONEST NOW-- THE HOUSE IS

CLEARLY WHERE THINGS GO TO DIE.

IT'S WHERE PARENTS ARE GOING TO

START TELLING THEIR KIDS THEIR

AGING PETS WENT.

"OH, NOW, FLUFFY'S FINE,

DARLING.

SHE JUST GOT STUCK IN COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE."

( LAUGHTER )

ONE CHALLENGE FACING THIS

IMMIGRATION BILL IS--

( LAUGHTER )

ONE CHALLENGE FACING THIS

IMMIGRATION BILL IS A CERTAIN

LEVEL OF MISINFORMATION ABOUT

THE PEOPLE THAT IT IS INTENDED

TO HELP.

>> THEY WILL SAY TO ME AND

OTHERS WHO WOULD DEFEND THE RULE

OF LAW, "WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING

ABOUT THE 11 MILLION.

SOME OF THEM ARE

VALEDICTORIANS."

WELL, MY ANSWER TO THAT IS FOR

EVERY ONE WHO IS A VALEDICTORIAN

THERE ARE ANOTHER 100 OUT THERE

THEY WAY 130 POUNDS AND HAVE

CALVES THE SIZE OF CANTALOUPES

BECAUSE THEY'RE HAULING 75

POUNDS OF MARIJUANA ACROSS THE

DESERT.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> John: WHAT?

IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN

TO UNPACK A STATEMENT LIKE THAT.

FIRST, I THINK THAT IS HARD

PROOF THAT STEVE KING DOES NOT

USE DRUGS.

BECAUSE-- DOES HE HAVE ANY IDEA

WHAT 75 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA

WOULD LOOK LIKE?

( LAUGHTER )

THAT WOULD BE PRETTY HARD TO

HAUL ACROSS A DESERT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

IN FACT, COULD WE SEE A LITTLE

BIT MORE OF THAT PICTURE?

OKAY, SO HE WAS RIGHT ABOUT ONE

THING.

BUT MAYBE WE SHOULDN'T BLAME

STEVE KING.

THIS IS PROBABLY JUST WHAT HIS

CONSTITUENTS WANT, RIGHT?

>> 69% OF STEVE KING'S

CONSTITUENTS IN IOWA'S FOURTH

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WANT

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION

REFORM.

59% SUPPORT A PATHWAY TO

PERMANENT RESIDENTS FOR

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS UNDER

THE AGE OF 15.

>> John: WOW!

TO GO THIS HARD AGAINST YOUR OWN

CONSTITUENCY AND BASIC REASON,

YOU REALLY MUST HAVE BALLS THE

SIZE OF CANTALOUPES.

( LAUGHTER )

AND UNREPRESENTATIVE KING IS NOT

ALONE IN HIS DISTRUST OF THESE

IMMIGRANTS.

>> THE PROBLEM IS THAT SO MANY

OF THEM WHO COME HERE ILLEGALLY

COME SO ILL PREPARED FOR SUCCESS

SUCCESS.

THEY COME WITH LACK OF

EDUCATION.

THEY COME WITH LACK OF SKILL.

THEY COME WITH LACK OF ABILITY

OR UNWILLINGNESS TO ASIMULATE

INTO THE CULTURE.

>> John: EXACTLY.

DO WE REALLY WANT THESE TIRED,

POOR, HUDDLE MASSES IN THIS

COUNTRY?

SHOW ME THE PLACE WHERE IT SAYS

THAT'S WHAT WE WANT.

SHOW ME THE PLACE!

SHOW IT TO

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