Daily Show’s John Oliver on Immigration Reform and GOP panic over Latino voters

The Daily Show’s John Oliver does a great segment on Republican panic over immigration reform, in this case their panic over losing the Latino vote forever if immigration reform doesn’t pass.

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I’d written a few days ago about how GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, who previously had threatened to kill immigration reform if it helped the plight of binational gay couples, is now suddenly saying that it’s irresponsible to threaten to kill immigration reform because it will make the GOP lose the Latino vote forever.

Here’s what Graham had to say:

“If we don’t pass immigration reform, if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who we run in 2016,” [Graham] said. “We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party.

The only way we can get back in the good graces of the Hispanic community, in my view is pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

John Oliver had this to say about Lindsey Graham’s “demographic” concern for Latinos :

“I say to you the Hispanic community, we choose to help you not because we want you, but because mathematically we feel we have to.”

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  • I have been a construction worker, waiter, retail employee, teacher, railroad lineman, monk, poet, gardener, painter, have three Master’s degrees, a PhD and live at the poverty line, so who are you talking about?

  • “an emotionally manipulative father demanding gratitude?” Yep, I believe this asshat believes in a mean Mr. God.

  • You mindless bigot: “put a bunch of real americans out of those same jobs.” If real Americans are your worry, start with the tribal reservations and deal with cultural genocide. Next, go to the fields of California and tell me how many white faces you see doing painful stoop labor to raise families, feed them and secure a future for their kids. The stupid idea of which you speak is your hate filled heart and tiny mind.

  • And you are a complete asshole. Is there a point to your feeble little rant?

  • Isaac13283

    middle class is compromised of doctors and lawyers and people with phd’s, now their unemployment numbers are amazing, is that who u refer to as middle class? Because farm workers, retail employees, construction workers, waiters, and so on and so forth….. most of them live below the poverty level, so who are u talking about?

  • FLL

    The Republicans are publicly holding their noses while asking for Hispanic votes. Not a very effective strategy. The Republicans would be more successful at winning Hispanic votes if they were a little more discreet about their cynicism and ill will toward Hispanics, but the Whig Party Republican Party isn’t known for smart strategy.

  • Monoceros Forth

    The one thing you can be sure of is that the illegals will have not the slightest gratitude for the favor being done to them.
    Should I care? Are you saying the law should be like an emotionally manipulative father demanding gratitude?

  • obmed1

    I completely agree but I have seen no evidence that the consciousness of the average american can grasp the connection between immigration and his/her economic troubles. They actually seem to support giving amnesty and citizenship to the very people that are putting them on the unemployment line and draining their retirement, health and housing benefits plus their educational opportunities. The Blacks are particularly puzzling in this regard. Can they actually be so stupid? Is there some angel I’m missing? Why do the Blacks favor amnesty in poll after poll? If I could just understand this then all would be clear.

  • obmed1

    The one thing you can be sure of is that the illegals will have not the slightest gratitude for the favor being done to them. They are here to make a fast buck. This bill will help them get better jobs and will put a bunch of real americans out of those same jobs. When they have made enough to finance a house or a small business, most will say adios and head home. The stupid idea that these people are true immigrants who love america is a total fabrication.

  • obmed1

    You are totally incoherent. Is there a point to your little rant?

  • obmed1

    Hey you’re not illegal, so screw yourself.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The American working class and our standard of living has been under determined and methodical attack since the Carter Administration. That attack has used new strategies – the export of jobs and deregulation – and old ones like union busting and imposed austerity to destroy the standard of living won by unions in the great strike waves before and after World War Two.

    These attacks are continuing unabated here and against our brothers and sisters in Europe, the Arab and muslim world, where they also have a military character. The thing to note is that everywhere they’re producing results the ruling classes didn’t count on. One is the growth of a revolutionary left wing among workers and unions whose effects we can see all over Europe, in Latin America and the Arab/muslim world. One of the most recent outbreaks is in Turkey.http://www.labornotes.org/2013

    That development is spreading to North America, particularly to the US and Mexico where strong currents for change and militancy are beginning to be felt in the unions.http://www.labornotes.org/2013… The growth of left wings in transportation, medical and nursing staffs, among theachers and especially among longshore workers is well underway and so are major self organizing efforts by WalMart and fast food workers.http://www.labornotes.org/2013

    As economic chaos spreads so will the radicalization of working people and in this country that will take the form of renewed union organizing and independent political action in the form of workers parties and eventually the creation of a workers state.

  • Naja pallida

    The status quo is already doing wonders to destroy the middle-class, and most of those tech jobs are already outsourced. We’re talking somewhere in the ball park of 3 million tech jobs left the US with the burst of the tech bubble, and went to India, China, Mexico, etc. For instance, IBM has shifted huge chunks of its operations in NY and MN to Mexico, and laid off thousands of American workers. They don’t need the immigration bill to destroy the middle-class. Nor ridiculous videos that hit on every right-wing talking point, short of yelling “Learn English!” from the peanut gallery.

  • MProblem

    You are correct. Senate Bill 744 destroys blue-collar jobs as well as middle-class tech jobs so that billionaires can become even richer:

    http://goanimate.com/user/0-VFCDPgmUWU

    Please watch and share!

  • MProblem

    Why do you want to destroy the American middle class?

    http://goanimate.com/user/0-VFCDPgmUWU

  • MProblem

    Senate Bill 744 will destroy millions of American middle class tech jobs:

    http://goanimate.com/user/0-VFCDPgmUWU

    Why would a “liberal” support a bill that destroys the middle-class? Please watch and share–thanks!

  • condew

    The only argument for immigration reform that keeps coming back is that it will provide tremendous job security to the Senators and Representatives who can make it happen. Not much on how it will affect unemployment, Social Security, Medicare, or Obamacare. Nothing about how it will affect State budgets, and cherry picked numbers about how it might, in limited context, be good for the Federal deficit. I’m still looking for a clear, honest argument about why it is the right thing to do, why it is good for the country, what it will cost in revenues, and how it will affect American wages.

    In my view, progressives can chose one of two paths, a country where we have programs to take care of everybody, or a country where the borders are open to anybody. Can’t have both.

  • condew

    I love John Oliver’s response to Sessions complaining about legal language. “It’s the language of the Senate; learn it or go back where you came from.”

  • Bill_Perdue

    The Democrat/Republican fake immigration ‘reform’ bill, like the Democrats fake health care ‘reform’ and the Republican tax cuts are all grounded on policies to make the rich richer. The reaction to all three betrayals will be explosive.

    The time when Democrats and Republicans can fool people is coming to an end. People, driven by a huge loss in real income, imposed austerity and massive, long term unemployment and poverty, are learning what kind of a county they live in.

  • cole3244

    the problem with the gop is that jeb bush is one of the smart ones, need i say more.

  • Off-topic, but I just had to post this: JPL’s “billion pixel project” from the Curiosity rover on Mars.

    http://mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/interactives/billionpixel/

    It provides two types of interactive viewing applications — panoramic and cylindrical — and uses nearly 900 individual frames in a mosaic to provide a 360-degree view all around the rover. BTW, the cylindrical provides the most immersive experience.

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