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Trump’s Worst Policy: Killing Asylum | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

Trump’s Worst Policy: Killing Asylum | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix


Tonight,
I want to start with Donald Trump. Now… you probably know him as the guy
from all those pizza commercials. Go big or go home. -“The Big New Yorker from Pizza Hut.”
-$9.99? They’ve gotta be losing money on this. -Then it’s a deal?
-Yes, we eat our pizza the wrong way. Crust first. Mmm! Here’s the deal. You give me those three pizzas,
only I’ll give you just $5 a piece. I’ll be honest. All right, ten years ago, if you told me that one
of these fast-food pitchmen was gonna be president and one of them
was gonna be a pedophile, I would have guessed wrong a lot of times. Now, for the last few weeks, Trump’s impeachment
has been dominating the news and while that’s important,
it’s also dangerous. Because anytime we focus too much
on one Trump scandal, we lose track of all the others. Trump is kind of like an evil magician playing three-card Monte
with all of us, right? He’s like, “Here we go,
find the Ukraine scandal. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!” You’re like, “All right, middle one, there we go.” “Ahhhhh!!!” “That’s just when I thought about
nuking a hurricane, you idiot. Come one, Ukraine scandal.
Here we go. Double or nothing.” You’re like,
“Ah, okay, middle one again, yeah.” “Ah, no! That’s just me partying
with Epstein, you dumb fuck.” Sadly enough,
one of the cards we haven’t flipped over is the crisis that’s happening right now
at the southern border. A growing humanitarian crisis
along the U.S. border with Mexico. Thousands of desperate asylum seekers
are living in deplorable conditions. “More than 55,000 people
are now scattered in camps all throughout the U.S.-Mexico border.” You have no access to work.
You have no access to education. You have very little access
to medical services if children are sick. “The suffering is everywhere. Today, one of the biggest problems, there are only a handful of bathrooms
for the more than 2,000 migrants who call this camp home.” Over 55,000 migrants are living
in absolute squalor along the U.S.-Mexico border right now. This whole situation actually came out
of the frenzy over the migrant caravan. -Do you guys remember the migrant caravan?
(-Yeah.) Whatever happened to the caravan? Like, right before the midterms,
Trump would not shut up about it. He’s like, “Oh, the brown walkers
are coming to rape and pillage America.” Do you know what actually happened? A few thousand people showed up
and asked for asylum. That’s it, a few thousand. That’s how many people came
to my wedding in Sacramento. That’s small, okay?
For Indian people, that’s nothing. But Trump used that media frenzy
as rationale to issue a policy called MPP. Also known as “Remain in Mexico.” It means that people who come to America
seeking asylum, now need to remain in Mexico
while the U.S. processes their case. Now, you might be wondering, “Why on Earth
would anyone in their right mind travel that far and put their family
through that much danger?” This is why. “Yesenia Ramirez says she
and her family fled El Salvador, a gang demanded money
and when they couldn’t pay, they asked for her eldest daughter.” What you see in Guatemala
is extortionists, rapists, thieves. The government does nothing to stop them. These people don’t want to claim asylum. They’re forced to claim asylum. Their sons are being recruited by gangs. Their daughters are being forced
into prostitution. They’re living in such extreme danger,
they have to evacuate. Asylum is a last resort
and by making them wait in Mexico, we’re actually putting them back
in the same danger they were running from. “More than 340 public reports
of rape, kidnap, and other violent attacks
against asylum seekers who returned under this policy.” “For some, life is worse here than
in their home country of Guatemala. They don’t want their faces seen because
they say they were recently kidnapped and extorted by suspected cartels
while living in Mexico.” One man was kidnapped five hours
after the U.S. sent him back to Mexico. Five hours! Now, Trump’s got to be conflicted
about this ‘cause on one hand, he’s like,
“The drug cartels are bad hombres, but on the other hand, they’re really good
at rounding up Mexicans.” And they’re like,
“Sir, they’re actually Guatemalans.” He’s like, “Yeah, I know. Mexicans.” Now, the good news is… the ACLU is challenging “Remain in Mexico”
in court right now as we speak, but the bad news is, it’s just one part
of a much larger war on asylum, and that’s what I want
to talk about tonight. Since the moment Trump got into office, his administration has been working
to dismantle the asylum system. Which is U.S. law, by the way. Asylum is a legal right designed to help
the world’s most desperate people. Every developed country in the world
has this, so we’re not that special. But gutting asylum… might be the cruelest thing
Donald Trump has done as president. Especially, when you think about
why the United States has an asylum system to begin with. So after World War II, America saw a massive influx
of asylum seekers from across Europe. We accepted thousands of Jews
and displaced people from countries like Poland, Ukraine,
Estonia- and we could’ve turned them away. In fact, a lot of Americans wanted to, but in 1947, President Harry Truman
told Congress… “… victims of war and oppression
look hopefully to the democratic countries to help them rebuild their lives… The only civilized course is
to enable these people to take new roots in friendly soil.” Now, that’s a beautiful message, but now we have this guy: Asylum is being scammed, the whole asylum system. It’s a big fat con job, folks. Everybody is abusing it. Totally bogus claims. It’s a hoax. I know about hoaxes. I just went through a hoax. He’s talking about the Mueller Report but… he could be talking about anything. He’s like, “Mueller Report? Hoax.
Ukraine? Hoax. And I’m talking about the country,
doesn’t exist. Total hoax, folks.” There is no evidence
of widespread scamming of the asylum system. Of all the ways to immigrate to America, asylum is one of the hardest systems
to go through. It is very rigorous. First, asylum seekers
make the journey without help. They show up at America’s door. They prove their life is in danger
and hope we take them in. Now, there’s actually another way
into America if you’re incredibly desperate,
but nobody’s talking about this. You have to host
a late-night comedy show. Look at this,
all of these guys are immigrants. Somehow, I’m one of the only hosts
that’s born in America? Dude, half of our Jimmys aren’t even
from America, and the president isn’t doing anything
about it. We gotta ban them. That’s not the funny part. Look… The thing I wanted to figure out was this. What is Trump’s strategy
when it comes to attacking asylum? So I sat down with someone
who knows a lot about immigration law. My name is Lee Gelernt, and I’m a lawyer
at the American Civil Liberties Union, and I spend my days trying to protect the rights of asylum seekers
who are under attack. How is the Trump administration’s attack
of asylum unique? That’s a great question. We are dealing now with an administration
that wants to end asylum. Period. I mean, fundamental changes
to our system in any other year, each one of these changes would be
the biggest case we worked on, but now there are two, three each month. How many times have you sued Trump
since we started this interview? Hopefully, my team is not slacking off
while I’m here. You’re talking about
Wilt Chamberlain numbers. A hundred? We are, and it’s not slowing down. I mean, every week we are planning
another lawsuit because every week
they’re doing something horrific. One lawsuit every week. Do you know the toll that would take
on a person? Look at Lee. He’s 24 years old, you guys. He needs to sleep. Basically, what he’s saying is
that Trump is doing everything he can to make it as hard as possible
for migrants to even get to the door. That way they get scared away
or maybe they die trying to get here. Take metering. It’s a policy that puts
a daily limit on the number of people who can claim asylum. So at the border
between Tijuana and San Diego, asylum agents generally processed
a hundred asylum seekers a day, But after Homeland Security put metering
into effect, those agents wee only allowed
to process twenty a day. And now the wait list to even apply
for asylum has ballooned to 11,000. That is the highest it’s ever been
at that location. So if you’re fleeing cartel violence, it now takes now takes
as long as nine months just to start the process
of claiming asylum. Imagine trying to call 911 and they said,
“Hey, wait! You need to wait seven to nine months
before even dialing.” You’d be like,
“Grandma needs an ambulance.” And they’d be like,
“Grandma needs to be patient.” Now, there’s also the issue
of finding legal aid. Asylum seekers who find lawyers are five times more likely
to be granted asylum than those without lawyers, which is why
Trump wants them stuck in Mexico. One study found that immigrants in America were able to find lawyers 22.7%
of the time and those in Mexico,
only 1.2% of the time. That number is so small,
Bernie Sanders accused it of… “destroying the middle class.” You gotta hit it with the thing. Now remember, these are all
tactical decisions that Trump has made to make asylum a nightmare,
but let’s say you tough it out. You wait through metering
to start the asylum process. Then you wait in Mexico
in one of those awful camps till your case is heard. Say you miraculously don’t get killed
or robbed or raped or kidnapped, what happens next? You have to pass
the biggest interview of your life, the interview to establish that you have a credible fear
of persecution. That’s what makes you eligible for asylum. And it is a high bar to clear. Especially, when the guy in charge doesn’t believe
anyone’s story is credible. This is ridiculous, you have people coming in claiming asylum and they’re all reading exactly what the lawyer gives them. They read a little page given by lawyers. And they say, “Say the following phrase, ‘I am very afraid for my life. I am afraid for my life.’” Okay. And then I look at the guy. He looks like
he just got out of the ring, he’s the heavyweight champion
of the world. He’s afraid for his life… How does he do that? How is he racist but also complimentary? He’s like, “These asylum seekers,
they’re liars, they’re cheaters, they’re killers, but they’re so strong. Look at their bodies.
I can’t stop staring at their abs.” Now, Trump is also redefining
what counts as credible fear. So even fewer people qualify. Last year, the Trump administration issued
a policy saying that gang violence and domestic abuse wouldn’t count
as credible fears because according to them,
“Those are just private violence.” Which is a horrible term
for domestic abuse and an even worse G.I. Joe character. Look, Private Violence
was a war criminal, you guys. Thankfully, a federal judge overturned
part of that rule, but in the six months it was in place,
it did real damage. Asylum acceptance rates
from the Northern Triangle tanked. Look at this graph. This graph reminds me of when we all saw
the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer. And that dip right there,
that’s the exact moment we saw that Sonic had human teeth. Remember we were like,
“Why the fuck does he have molars?” Now, look… Here’s an important thing to remember:
all of this-messing with credible fear- goes against established U.S. law. It’s called a credible fear because Congress said you’re not gonna
have time to understand U.S. law, but you’re just gonna explain
to an asylum officer, “This is why I’ve come
to the United States. This is why I fear going back
to my country.” And if you’re credible,
you would move to the next stage. Okay, so I’m gonna list some fears,
you tell me if it’s credible or not credible. -Gang violence.
-In our view, credible. Not to the administration. But I want to be clear about this, you have to actually be
factually credible. People think you can just assert it. No, you have to have specifics
and tell your story, and it has to be clear what’s happened. -Religious persecution.
-Credible. A swarm of bees. Not credible. What if the bees are running drugs
and you testified against them? Not credible. Torture. Credible. Jellyfish. No. They’re everywhere now, because
of global warming. That’s not a credible fear? No. How about this one? A bus rigged to explode
if it goes under 50 miles an hour. No, I think it depends on who rigs it,
but that was a good movie. I’m honestly surprised he saw Speed. A lot of millennials haven’t. So, all these moves, right? Discrediting asylum seekers, metering,
MPP, redefining credible fear have seriously hurt people
who need asylum. But they all pale in comparison
to the cruelest policy, the “transit rule.” The Trump administration
opened a new front in its drive to limit the number
of people crossing the southern border. A massive re-writing of
U.S. asylum law. This rule, introduced this morning, would effectively end asylum protections for migrants coming up
from Central America seeing asylum in the U.S. Trump wants to end these protections,
and it makes sense. He hates protection. That’s why Eric was born. Now, the “transit rule” went into effect
in September, and it requires anyone applying for asylum
on the southern border to first apply
and then get rejected somewhere else. And I know that sounds reasonable,
but it is insane. Here’s why. So, say you live in Honduras
and you’re a mom with two kids. Gangs are coming to your door
demanding more money than you even have, or they threaten
that they will take your daughters. The local cops are no use, so you’re desperate,
as any parent would be. So you head north to Guatemala,
but it’s also dangerous there. You got the same gang problem.
You got the same threats. So you go up to Mexico,
same problem again. Finally, you get to the United States
where it’s a safe place and your kids are only endangered
by high fructose corn syrup. You’ll live with that. But America turns you away.
They’re like, “We won’t let you apply here because you didn’t apply
anywhere else first.” But of course you didn’t. Those other countries aren’t safe. That’s why this whole thing is cruel,
and as far as Lee’s concerned, this is what will happen. It will effectively end asylum
at our southern border. And this is what the administration says,
“If you genuinely were fearful, you’d apply for asylum
in the first place you got to.” But why don’t they apply
for asylum in Mexico? Because it would take months
to get through that process, and when they’re waiting,
they will be in too much danger. It sounds to me like the administration
knows the way they can manipulate or tweak the rules legally… to make it virtually impossible
for you to get into the country. What is the administration
hoping will happen? What they are hoping is that you give up,
and many people are giving up because it’s just simply far too dangerous
to wait there. It’s crazy. The Trump Administration basically wants
to replace the Statue of Liberty with Bowser. Now the good news is
the “transit rule” is probably illegal, but the bad news is even if the courts throw it out,
Trump is working to make it live on through something called
“Safe Third Country Agreements,” which he has signed
with Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. They say that these countries
are safe enough for the U.S. to deport asylum seekers there. But as we know,
none of these countries are safe at all. Take El Salvador. In El Salvador these days, a pretty small country,
only six million people, it doesn’t take long when you’re,
you know, going out at night to stumble upon a scene like this
with a body lying dead in the streets. And that’s, that’s pretty much what
people here are living with. Vice reporters are so cool. Like, they always look like they just
walked out of a Weezer concert. It’s like, “Hey, man. I was just trying
to get merch, but now I’m in a war zone. Uh, live from El Salvador, it’s Jonas.” By the way, there’s another reason why these countries
are no place to apply for asylum. Is Guatemala capable
of handling asylum seekers? Guatemala has said repeatedly,
and every expert has said repeatedly, they cannot handle thousands of cases. -There’s just simply no way.
-Why not? They just don’t have the infrastructure. They only have a few asylum officers. How many asylum officers do they have? Our understanding is that they only have
a few, less than five. Lee was dead on. Guatemala’s asylum department
has four employees. There are more people
in this room named “Raj” than their entire asylum department. I’m telling– Right here, Raj, Again, Raj, Raj, Raj. Raj. That’s five Rajs right there. I know. You’re like, “My name is Vikram.”
You get my point. Now, these countries
in the Northern Triangle are objectively dangerous
and unable to handle asylees, which puts Trump’s cheerleaders
in a very bizarre position of arguing… that these countries are actually safer and better than America. Watch the gymnastics. If you think it’s too dangerous for those children in Guatemala, that they should go to America, you better not take ’em to Detroit. And here’s the amazing part. Baltimore’s murder rate is double that
of Guatemala. If you’re fleeing Honduras
because you’re afraid to live there and you’re searching for asylum,
you’re in Mexico, which is a pretty safe country,
I would assume. Mexico have the most violent year -in decades in 2017.
-Oh! More than 26,000 murders.
I wouldn’t call that a safe country. Tucker hears facts
like he’s watching fireworks. He’s like, “Oh, ah, ohhhh.” Now look, let’s break down
his racist long division. It’s insane. He’s like,
“All right, first thing’s first. We don’t want Guatemalans to come here
because they’re criminals. Right, which would mean
Guatemala is dangerous, which means migrants should flee
and come here– Wait! No! Brown people
shouldn’t come here. Want to know why? Baltimore is way more fucked up, which means Guatemala’s actually safe,
which means they’re not criminals so they should come here. Wait!
Stop it, Tucker, bad! Just think about Benghazi. Guatemalans, that’s right. Guatemalans.” Now, I know there are people out there
like, “Come on, Hasan, be fair. You’re not even showing Tucker’s POV.” And you’re right.
We should show Tucker’s point of view. People on the other side of this issue really have some pretty forceful things
to say about asylum. So to make it a little bit more realistic, I just want to role play
as Tucker Carlson. Let’s do it. Okay, give me the bow tie.
I’m just gonna play it real. Here we go. That’s nice. I’m here with Lee Gelernt. Lee, refugees are creating a crisis
at the border, aren’t they? No. The numbers are not
even historically high. There is no crisis at the border. There’s a crisis in the Northern Triangle, and we should be trying to help. So you don’t think there’s a crisis with these migrants defrauding the system? So, you’re pro-fraud? I am not pro-fraud, but I don’t think that we are seeing fraud at the border. It’s a false narrative. How do you know its a false narrative? Because we are out there with these people– You’re out there with the Guatemalans? We are absolutely out there. And you’re part of some sort of affiliated gang? We’re not. Sorry, sir. Maybe I’m confused. Obama put lots of kids in cages, but I guess it was okay because… he was “cool.” We opposed what President Obama did, and he ended it very quickly. What this administration is doing is a sustained attack on children and families that’s been going on two and a half years- Thank you, Lee. We’re out of time. Yeah, so what? Yeah, I cut him off. What’s he gonna do, sue me? He’s a kid. I’m not scared of him. Now look, I know this seems like the part
where I make an impassioned argument for why immigrants are good for America.
You know the hits. “This country was built on immigrants.
They boost the economy. Rihanna.” That’s all true. But that is not why we have asylum. We have asylum because it is
the morally right thing to do. These are people escaping murder
and kidnappings and gang violence. We could have them wait
for their asylum hearings here in the United States
where they’re safe. Instead, we are willfully sending
thousands of migrants back to the wolves. When we look back at this time,
we will be ashamed. We’re going to ask,
“How did we let this happen?” And if we keep going down Trump’s path, there’s only gonna be one way
to get into this country… hosting a late night comedy show. And that’s just wrong
because while America can afford to take in asylum seekers, we cannot afford any more foreign Jimmys.

100 comments on “Trump’s Worst Policy: Killing Asylum | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

  1. It's hard to watch, if this is what the supposedly greatest country is like I wonder what our world will be like in the nest few years.

  2. How can you say that there is no evidence to mass spread abuse by asylum seekers? Don't u know Punjabi's donkey route to USA, through the southern border?

  3. Please make an episode regarding the new political map of India, which has placed territory of Nepal (kalapani, 312 sq kms) under its own territory. Border disruption is a very serious issue and can cause disastarous problems on both sides. So, before this issue harms any more people living there, please address this issue. Thank you.

  4. How about those countries get their act together. If they all come and deplete our resources then where do we go? Japan? Australia? Foh. Ya mofo are straight up sheep believing all this BS Hasan spew.
    American!! Trump 2020🇺🇸

  5. need a Hassan Minaj for Indian late-night show there's a lot to cover in India and people need to know the truth, these Indian news channels are just bs

  6. this is all nonsense people can make their own country better by fighting for there rights in there own country but no we will move to America and then we will fight for their rights.

  7. us should use its military to end drug cartels in Mexico
    like why haven't us though of this they literally have 900 billion in military budget

  8. Thanks to these shows, trump will win again. These guys are like Voldemort. More you say Trump Trump, stronger he gets. Basically his votes are based on him stoping illegal immigrants or asylum seekers to entre. Islamiphobia, illegal immigration, job insecurity in immigrants, govt spending tax payers money on non Americans and everything you want to talk about. This shows he's doing exactly what his voters want him to do. Maybe if you tell trump is flooding America with illegal immigrants, spending trillions on them maybe that'll create a real chance of him loosing his voters. 😂😂

  9. So, Truman was doing great things for ppl effected by war…admirable. Blacks still had a decade plus of civil rights issues before it was put into law.

  10. Is it a credible reason to seek asylum in Mexico cause your country impeached you and everyone hates you and even Russia dumped your ass?

  11. You can’t on one hand talk about failing infrastructure and lack of housing and then say hay all your jobs are moved to foreign soil and you’ve to let all of these people in with little to nowhere to place or pay them ??

  12. there are plenty of Trump supporters who want to ban all migrants simply because they find pleasure in inflicting as much pain as possible on the most vulnerable people – especially women and children. They want to see those "liberal tears" as women get raped and murdered

  13. The US won't help their neighbours but can send troops after troops in the Middle East to fight 'terrorism' and keep 'peace'.Bullshit.

  14. "We accepted thousands of displaced persons from Europe, including Jews" 5:10 …

    Calling BS. Check your history.

    The Évian Conference was convened 6–15 July 1938, at Évian-les-Bains, France, to discuss the Jewish refugee problem and the plight of the increasing numbers of Jewish refugees fleeing persecution by Nazi Germany. The ONLY country to open it's borders was the Dominican Republic. Every other attendee, INCLUDING the USA, said NO, and closed its doors.

    In fact, look at the Motorschiff St. Louis. It was a German ocean liner infamously known for carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in 1939 intending to escape the Holocaust to disembark in Cuba. However they were denied permission to land. The captain, Gustav Schröder, went to the United States and Canada, trying to find a nation to take the Jews in, but both nations refused. He finally was forced to return the ship to Europe, where various countries, including the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, accepted some refugees. Many were later caught in Nazi roundups of Jews in occupied countries, and some historians have estimated that approximately a quarter of them were killed in death camps during World War.

    The USA has ALWAYS had a Xenophobic policy of DENYING asylum to "Undesirables".

    Love your show Hasan, but you MUST be accurate when discussing these matters.

  15. Nah nah, you’re swaying this completely to one side using emotional triggers. You talk about all of these awful situations but skim over the hundreds of thousands of people who abuse the asylum rules. People claiming asylum who aren’t in danger, they’re just poor and want to be given free heath care, job opportunities, welfare etc from the US. We can not afford to take in hundreds of thousand of migrants so that the thousands of credible asylum seekers get in.

  16. You honestly truly deserve an award for the stuff u do and this shld be compulsory for everyone to watch.
    ~Singapore(Google it)🇸🇬

  17. Still remember when trump admin was fear mongerin bout the caravan N suddenly conservabitches started carin for the homeless…which never happened

  18. I feel bad that these people have to go through this in their countries but there's other countries in South America that can reach out and help.
    End the corruption in these countries if you truly want to help.
    I find it astonishing that nearly and entire continent could be so corrupt and dangerous that they don't want to help their neighbors.
    Where do we put all these people when we already have a homeless crisis as we speak. We need to take care of our own problems right now before we start giving away food and housing to non US citizens.
    This asylum thing about reading the lawyers statement thing is absolutely true and it's been going on for decades and has been well documented in the news in the past. If you were born after 1980 I'm quite sure you missed it when it was a focus point at that time, but it's true.
    Unfortunately many of these people have taken advantage of our kindness and generosity and it's time to downshift and plug up the loopholes in the system.
    It is reported that it costs billions of dollars each year to support illegal immigrants in the US.
    Maybe some of these bleeding heart celebrities could welcome some of these families into their mansions if they care so much.
    I'm sure Hassan has a couple of extra rooms if a thousand or so people were at his wedding.
    Trump is is right, the Democrats care more about illegal immigrants than their own US citizens. I was a Democrat voter for many years, not anymore.

  19. Hello Patriot Act
    Shashi Tharoor (Member of Parliament in India) used your interview (millennial lingo) with him at this show for a comedy stand up (available at Amazon prime). 😂

  20. Great job for keeping Trevor in lead position on the pic when though Oliver should be the first but he remembers where he got his break

  21. It's not the U.S. fault if the latin american governments are corrupt and don't care about crime. So sad, to bad! 7.5 billion people in the world.

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