Jon Stewart: Path to citizenship ‘a barrier that immigrants will not be able to get past’

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 0:14 EDT
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On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart mocked the Senate’s proposed immigration overhaul.

The bill was put together by the Senate’s so-called “Gang of 8,” a label that Stewart found odd. He joked the group of old white men would better be referred to as the “co-op board of 8.”

Stewart noted the bill provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But he mocked the lengthy and arduous process that undocumented immigrants would be required to endure to be allowed to apply for citizenship. Visa holders who can demonstrate regular employment could apply for permanent legal residency after ten years, but would have to wait another 3 years to apply for citizenship.

Stewart pointed out the bill also requires all employers to use the “E-verify” system before the path to citizenship is even implemented, something that would be completely out of the control of those seeking citizenship.

“Congratulations, Congress,” he remarked. “It sure as hell ain’t amnesty. But by creating this path to citizenship, you’ve finally built a barrier that immigrants will not be able to get past.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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