Stephen Colbert's Bats**t Serious - Child Immigrant Intrigue - John Burnett

  • Aired:  06/25/14
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NPR's John Burnett describes the rampant violence in Central America that has contributed to the child immigration crisis in the U.S. (3:17)

SO JUST TO RECAP: THE PRESIDENTIS KIDNAPPING THOUSANDS OF

CENTRAL AMERICAN CHILDREN TOTAKE THEM TO THE U.S. TO SWELL

VOTER ROLLS AND SINGLE HANDEDLYDESTROY OUR FLOUR TORTILLA

INDUSTRY.

HERE TO CONFIRM ALL OF MYSUSPICIONS IS SOUTHWEST

CORRESPONDENT FOR NPR JOHNBURNETT.

JOHN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMINGBACK.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

YOU HEARD EVERYTHING.

YOU HEARD ME CRACK THIS ONE WIDEOPEN.

WHY IS OBAMA DOING THIS?

WHY DID HE PUT THIS POLICY INPLACE THAT WE CAN'T SHIP THESE

KIDS BACK?

>> LET ME SHARE ONE STORY.

HER NAME IS CARMEN. SHE LIVES INA HOTEL ROOM IN AUSTIN.

SHE HAS A 15-YEAR-OLD AND AN

11-YEAR-OLD THAT CAME UP FROM ELSALVADOR.

HARROWING TRIP.

SHE SAID THERE ARE TWO REASONSSHE BROUGHT THEM UP.

I THINK HER STORY ISREPRESENTATIVE.

ONE, SHE HADN'T HUGGED THEM INSEVEN YEARS.

>> Stephen: SHE WAS ALREADYHERE.

>> SHE WAS ALREADY HERE.

SHE HAD BEEN UP HERE SEVENYEARS.

>> SHE'S ONE OF THELOS ILLEGALES.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: SO SHE'S ACRIMINAL.

SHE BROKE THE LAW AND SHE WANTEDHENCHMEN.

GO AHEAD.

I'M NOT THE MONSTER HERE.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: I'M NOT THEMONSTER HERE.

SO LET ME GET TO THE SECONDREASON.

GO AHEAD.

SHE WANTED TO HUG HER CHILDREN.

>> SHE WANTED HER CHILDREN WITHHER.

SECONDLY, THEY WERE FACING AHORRIFIC SITUATION IN SAN

SALVADOR.

THEY WERE BEING PREYED ON BYCRIMINAL GANGS.

THEY APPROACHED THEM AND SAID,CALL YOUR MOM AND GIVE US $2,500

OR WE'RE GOING TO KILL THE BOYS.

THIS IS THE KIND OF CRIMINALITYTHAT THESE YOUNGSTERS ARE

ESCAPING.

>> Stephen: WHY IS ITHAPPENING NOW, BECAUSE NEWS

FLASH, IT HASN'T BEEN ALL THATNICE IN THOSE COUNTRIES FOR

ABOUT 30 YEARS.

IT WAS SO CRAPPY IN GUATEMALAAND HONDURAS AND EL SALVADOR

THAT PRESIDENT REAGAN HELPEDTHEM BY FUNDING DEATH SQUADS.

THAT WAS BETTER.

>> WELL, CENTRAL AMERICANIMMIGRANTS HAVE BEEN COMING UP

FOR A LONG TIME, AND THIS WAVEOF UNACCOMPANIED KIDS, MANY OF

THEM ARE TEENAGERS, IS REALLYCOMING UP FOR TWO AND A HALF

YEARS SOME IT'S BEEN PEAKING INTHE LAST --

>> Stephen: THAT'S VERYIMPORTANT.

TEENAGERS.

WE'RE NOT TALKING -- JUST FORTHE SAKE OF MY PUBLIC IMAGE,

LET'S JUST SAY THAT I'M ONLYCOMPLAINING ABOUT THE TEENAGERS,

BECAUSE NOBODY LIKES TEENAGERS.

OKAY.

OR LIKE THE BRATTY TWEENS, THOSEGUYS, DADDY, I DON'T WANT TO BE

TAKEN AWAY BY THE ARMED REBELS.

OKAY.

I WANT A NEW COUNTRY. GET ME ONENOW.

AND A PONY.

WHY IS OBAMA DOING THIS?

WHY DID HE INSTITUTE THISPOLICY?

WHY DID HE INSTITUTE THIS POLICYWHERE WE DON'T SEND THE KIDS

BACK.

>> IT'S NOT OBAMA'S POLICY.

>> Stephen: UH-HUH.

>> THE POLICY BY WHICHUNACCOMPANIED MINORS ARE BEING

DETAINED AT THE BORDER ANDDELIVERED TO THEIR RELATIVES IN

THE STATES IS UNDER IMMIGRATIONPOLICY THAT BEGAN UNDER GEORGE

W. BUSH AND PREVIOUS REGIMES.

>> Stephen: OH, MY GOD.

[AUDIENCE REACTS]HOW DID OBAMA GET TO BUSH?

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]TELL ME NEXT TIME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NPR CORRESPONDENT JOHN BURNETT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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