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This quote explains the utter madness of U.S. immigration courts

The bad jokes and profanity may make some people uncomfortable, but for others, they will be the only way to endure the astounding facts and the utter insanity conveyed about the U.S. immigration court system in a recent episode of the HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

Click here to watch the entire 17-plus minute video, but if you don’t have the time right now, a lot of what you need to know is summed up at around the six-minute mark when Oliver discusses the fact that most immigrants — including young children — are not provided with a lawyer to represent them. Oliver then goes on to play an actual recording of a federal immigration court judge explaining his view that it’s possible to teach immigration law to three and four year olds.

This was not a joke. Here is the remarkable transcript of the comments by Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Jack H. Weil:

“I’ve taught immigration law literally to three-year-olds and four-year-olds. It takes a lot of time. It take a lot of patience. They get it. It’s not the most efficient, but it can be done.”

Not surprisingly, Oliver goes on to demonstrate the complete madness of such a statement, as well as several other aspects of what one former judge aptly describes as a system in which America tries “death penalty cases in a traffic court setting.”

The bottom line: Take the time when you get a chance to watch the video and to share it with any friends and relatives who cling to the notion that our country still bears any resemblance to the one that was once celebrated in Emma Lazarus’ words on the Statue of Liberty.

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