Trevor Noah vivisects John Kelly's crude anti-immigrant argument. Jordan Klepper rewrites U.S. history.

Trevor Noah tackles John Kelly
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The Trump administration's new immigration policy, which entails separating children from their parents indefinitely, "is a horrible proposal — and a great for the Mexican reboot of Taken," Trevor Noah said on Monday's Daily Show. But President Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, stole the spotlight with his comments about immigrants to NPR, including the refreshing idea that "Mexicans aren't all criminals" Noah paraphrased, and the less great argument that Latino immigrants are unskilled, "overwhelmingly rural people" with scant education who wouldn't "easily assimilate into the United States" and must be prosecuted because "the laws are the laws."

"So they're not bad people, they're just not the right people?" Noah asked. "It's weird to me that Kelly starts out talking about the law and then he's suddenly talking about the people. Because here's the thing: If the laws are the laws, it shouldn't matter whether the people breaking them are 'overwhelmingly rural' or not. Kelly's showing his hand here." But anti-immigrant rhetoric is nothing new in America, Noah said, running through historical animus toward Irish, Italians, and other immigrant groups before hammering Kelly with the tale of his own great grandparents.

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.