John Oliver Mocks Politicians Asking for Stricter Syrian Refugee Vetting Process, Suggests Pie-Eating Contest
"Every generation has had its own ugly reaction to refugees."
John Oliver explained the long and arduous vetting process Syrian refugees have to go through on Last Week Tonight, while also mocking the governors who say they will not allow refugees to come into their states to live.
"This is the most rigorous vetting anyone has to face before entering this country," said Oliver, after rattling off all of the requirements refugees must meet to live in the U.S. "No terrorist in their right mind would choose this path when the visa process requires far less effort."
He also said that once Syrians are in the U.S., they can just walk between states because "the lines on maps are not crocodile-filled moats."
After making fun of Jeb Bush's statements that only Christians be allowed in, Oliver got serious. "It"s fair to be concerned about safety in the wake of these attacks," he said, before adding that the problem is the people speaking about the issue this week "don't seem to have the first idea of what we're doing."
Then, Oliver took aim at Thanksgiving.
"Every generation has had its own ugly reaction to refugees, whether the Irish, Vietnamese, Cubans or Haitians, and those fears have been broadly unfounded," said Oliver. "In fact there was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true — and we’ll all be sitting around a table celebrating it on Thursday.”
Oliver had one final suggestion after speaking about the House's desire to add stricter rules to the vetting process: "At this point why don't we just include a pie eating contest, a spelling bee and an evening wear portion?"