What Factors Really Determine Who Gets American Citizenship – Klepper

What Factors Really Determine Who Gets American Citizenship – Klepper


I’m in Tijuana, Mexico,where those “build a wall”
chants seem pretty silly
in the face of this wall that
already exists,
a wall that is surprisingly
multifunctional.
Not only is it a barrier from
seeing your family.
It’s also an Instagram hot
spot
and an imposing backstop for a
soccer game.
That’s America right there. – That’s America right there,
yes.– Another function: keeping
deporting veterans
out of America, like Joe,
a Vietnam vet
who Homeland Security dumped
here four months ago.
So they call this place
Friendship Park. – Yes, the areas of where you
can talk to people. They have certain hours in
which they open up that gate up there. They open up that gate, and
then people start coming in. They start lining up.
Just like if you were in jail. – Nothing says “friendship”
like military-grade steel. – [laughs] Not even Vietnam. – Right.
– That had us on hot, you know, but at least between
the bamboos we could see. – You’re saying Vietnamese
prison was nicer than this? – Look, can’t even put your
finger in there. See?– Joe was born in Mexico and
moved to the U.S. at age 11.
He served in the military for
six years
and is one of hundreds of
foreign-born veterans
who’ve been deported from the
U.S. despite their service.
– This is the only way I will
ever be able to see my grandchildren, right, but I’m not gonna bring
them here. – You don’t want them to see
you this way? – No, no, no, of course not. They’d say–now, what
am I gonna say? “Where’s Grandpa?
What’s he doing in there?”– While Joe spent his youth
dodging bullets in Vietnam,
I spent mine dodging adulthood
in comedy theaters.
Ahh! Ohh!Avant-garde theater games are
American,
but being a marine isn’t?So what makes an American an
American?
There must be a formula, like,
I assume,
vet plus anything always
equals American.
Evidently it’s different if
vet plus immigrant.
I feel for Joe and the
deported vets,
and I can only assume anyone
who hears their story
will feel sorry for them as
well.
– I don’t feel sorry for them
whatsoever. And they need to be removed
from the country.– This is David Ward, a former
ICE agent
who spends his retirement
painting with a broad brush.
– And they’re coming in with
diseases such as smallpox and leprosy
and TB that are gonna infect our
people in the United States. – Don’t you sympathize?
Don’t you empathize? – No, it clearly states under
237 that if you commit these certain felonies, you’re
gonna be deported from the United States. And here we have a scenario
where you’re saying that if a permanent resident commits
a crime, well, let’s just forget that he
committed the crime, forget about the immigration
law.– Okay, wait.Joe’s story is more
complicated.
– They put me in jail
supposedly with assault, so I spent 494 days in jail. There was no trial or nothing. I was a free man. My family was outside waiting
for me. And I never got to see them.– After fighting to secure the
homeland,
Joe was deported by Homeland
Security.
Luckily, he was the ideal age
to start over, 73,
so evidently vet plus
immigrant plus criminal
equals not American.Shouldn’t we cut them some
slack? They’re vets. – Yeah? How many vets get
thrown in jail for committing crimes? – Well, I–
– They go to prison. – They go to prison.
– Okay. – They serve their time. And then shouldn’t we welcome
them back into society? – I suppose you can.
– Yeah. – But doesn’t mean that foreign
nationals should be granted the same latitude that U.S.
citizens are granted. – When you are done with the
service, you are automatically a
citizen. That’s what they told me.
– You’re in. – But no.
– No. – I found out the hard way
later that it wasn’t true.– Since World War I,
noncitizen servicemen
are officially granted
expedited naturalization
during periods of hostilities.Serving is supposed to get you
into the express lane
to citizenship, but instead of
limiting items to ten or less,
you have to survive the Tet
Offensive.
However, any small paperwork
mistake
could leave them
vulnerable to deportation.
Some of these stories, they’re
of 18-year-old kids who came back. They thought–they thought they
were citizens. – So. – We were all 18 once.
We made mistakes. Aren’t we a country of second
chances? We’ve got the amendments in the
Constitution. – We do.
– We’ve got George Bush. We’ve got “Arrested
Development.” – [chuckles]
– Right? We’re all about second chances. Just feels like we should be
more empathetic to those people who have made the choice to
serve for this country. But tough titties? – I think that’s down to the
point where you’re committing felonies, yeah,
tough titties. – Cold.To be fair, tough titties isour current immigration
policy.
But I wonder, if serving in
the military
doesn’t necessarily equal
citizenship,
maybe there’s a cleaner
answer: money.
You know, they say U.S.
citizenship is priceless. By “priceless” they mean you
could also invest $500,000 in a ski slope, so…– ♪ Uh, listen up ♪♪ Better quiet down ♪– In Vermont, New Hampshire,
and Colorado,
foreign investors have
basically bought
their green cards through
something called an EB-5 Visa.
It’s an employment-based Visa
meant to inject
foreign investment, including
into areas
with high unemployment,in exchange for fast-track
citizenship.
– This is what true citizenship
looks like.While one of its aims is to
pump funds
into distressed communities,
the money is often funneled
into luxury properties,
big-city high-rises,
and white-people capped
mountains like this one.
But it gets better.And by “better,” I mean
“significantly worse.”
In the past, the government
has been so eager to push
these applicants through that
their past transgressions
have been overlooked,little allegations like drug
trafficking
or being a spy for Iran.Iran?– But if you don’t have half a
million dollars,
you’re stuck running down a
hill
chasing the silver platter of
citizenship,
and no matter what you did for
your country,
it’s always just beyond your
reach.
Also, I really want to eat
that big shrimp.

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    Fuck Hebron Police

    This is why the 20k I have saved in CDs will be used to move to Canada when any type of American war breaks out. My bine spurs will not allow me to fight for a degraded, racist, stolen shame of a country.

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    CaptHiltz

    Since Joe saw combat and Trump made up bullshit medical conditions to get out of seeing combat I think we should set up a combat site for Trump to run through for a week. Same with that ICE asshole.

    Here's a new rumor for all of you to spread: Trump was born in Mexico City, Mexico. It's not true? Who knows. Sounds good to me. Feel free to spread that rumor. I guess that would mean Trump's not really President and should be deported back to his country of origin.

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    Derek Mulready

    What the 4th World United States of America
    Needs is Tulsii Gabbard as President she has Vowed to bring back all the Military personal who have been deported which is only fair.

    Remember trumpie bone-spurs not being Conscripted to serve run's in the family his grandaddy was expelled from Bavaria Germany ( formally) Prussia because he wouldn't serve in the army when called up. instead he fled to America.
    Irish citizen

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    Faith

    THE TRUE CULPRIT HERE IS APATHY, BY ALL EXCEPT THE FILTHY RICH. THERE'S A REASON THAT SAYING CAME INTO BEING, BECAUSE MONEY IS USED TO HIDE THE DIRT DONE TO THE 99% OF US, OF THE PLANET. A LITTLE SHAVED OFF OF THE CONSTITUTION HERE, A LITTLE THERE, RED LIGHT CAMERAS ON EVERY STREET CORNER WHEN THE REASON GIVEN IS SAFETY, YET MORE ACCIDENTS HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THEIR INSTALLATION. BEEN GREAT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT BUT WHAT IF TOMORROW, THIS COUNTRY DECIDES TO DECLARE WAR ON THE DISSIDENTS, PRESS, ANTI – TRUMPERS. AND POOR, THEY CAN IMMEDIATELY SEIZE ALL OF OUR CASH, SHUT DOWN TRAVEL AND WITH THOSE CAMERAS, YOU DON'T NEED ARMED GUARDS AT EVERY STREET CORNER., BUT BY THE PUBLIC BEING TOO TRUSTING IN WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS, WE HAVE ALLOWED OURSELVES TO BECOME A DOE IN THE FOREST FULL OF HUNTERS WITH AK-47S. YOU THINK THE NRA IS GONNA HELP YOU ? SEND ANOTHER CHECK AND I AM SURE THE DEPOSIT WILL BE PROMPT, BUT THE HELP'', THEY MAY SHOW UP IF YOU PROMOTE IT AS A RALLY. PEOPLE ARE SO BLIND IN THIS COUNTRY. BLIND, PROCRASTINATING, GULLIBLE, LAZY, UNINFORMED AND CANNOT SEE PAST THE NOSES ON THEIR OWN FACE UNLESS IT IS TO TEXT OR TWEET OR ,SELFIE LIKE THAT HOT GINGER WHO LIKE HIS GIRLS
    YOUNG = UNDERAGE. THIS COUNTRY MAKES ME SICK WHEN I THINK ABOUT ALL THAT HAS OCCURRED IN THE WHITE HOUSE SINCE TRUMP'F'S INVASION. IF YOU'RE NOY BUSY

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    M M

    Thank you for your service… as a vet I hate when people say that to me. Say your sorry for giving up all the rights that I fought to protect.

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    Carol Landon

    Barbaric third world America… Immigrants provide the Labour and profit the USA bigly, they pay the taxes for the lazy uneducated southern right wing.. in turn the right wing sloths deport them after years of contributing to the USA. Only to import younger undocumented immigrants to continue this cycle of barbarianism. With the help , of course of the muddled 80's generation of the uneducated nouveau 'rich' aholes. America exists only in their wet dreams..

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    oldrrocr

    When did "Christian" become white racist? perhaps RNC can change their name to Trump Chumps, because THIS is not the party I signed up for.

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    oldrrocr

    Hey if Melania was caught up in Don the Con's many crimes, shouldn't she be deported (along with her parents)?

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    Skynyrd Jesus

    What makes this story even more galling is I can almost guarantee that if that veteran was an active service member they would wait until his discharge to deport him. Because as long as you can be used their "principles" really aren't that important, but afterwards hey, you can go fuck yourself. Gotta love that mentality.

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    Benjamin Romberg

    I bet David ward never fought in a war and laid his life down to protect this country, what kind of ass hole says this crap to a veteran who served with honor, where's your honor ward? My apologies, you don't know the meaning of that.

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    Shane Harris

    TRUMP IS A GREEDY RACIST CORRUPT BULLIE WHO TAKES MONEY OFF THE GOOD PEOPLE AND GIVES IT TO HIS GREEDY RICH FRIENDS THAT HAVE WAY TOO MUCH MONEY ALREADY, WHAT A DICK HEAD PISS OFF TRUMP

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    CareKat 65

    How is that any military serving person not automatically an American citizen? Why isn’t this in our constitution?

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    Justin Credible

    When will the Racist send his immigrant wife back? Oh wait.. she's as white as a KKK's hood. By the way she was working illegally with the wrong documents!

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    ajax Pelion

    So you remember how the nice Caucasian Christians gave the indigenous people infected blankets with their European diseases,so they could steal their land?

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    Bobby Dickenbags

    That ICE agent gets no pussy. He needs to get laid. I’m assuming some fine ass Latina turned him down at some point in his life.

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    Cuddles Bear

    Trump you are slowly but surely sinking the USA ship and in it, all your fellow kkk trolls. You can never break down the larger 'minority ' .heck, you are one too for reminder's sakes. You are natively German

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    csalinas0385

    We fight around the world to spread democracy but yet dont believe in extending it to foreigners in our country. Almost as if a soldier's fight was in vein.

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    Susan Hoffa

    Wtf this man served in vietnam,and others and deported.he fought for our country.assault was the allegation what deported.if he served in our country.this country has gone to hell. David ward white supremicist

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    Research0digo

    Did he or didn't he commit a crime? The fmr ICE guy kept saying felony. – Marijuana possesion? What?!

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    BoxingFirstVlog PHX AZ

    That's easy those willing to help white folks keep their supreme mind set … Even thou we as ADOS no this is not tru …. The 🌞 has an continues to show us the truth…. ………. …. U don't give a fuc like the other pale back u talking too…

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    Waggish Sagacity

    If Jordan Klepper makes your blood boil, your heart is in the right place, but your brain needs a little tutorial. I'm here to help: If you're a veteran, but you were brought into the the U.S. "illegally" by your parents (and they are not, by chance, Norwegians, let's say), — back to Mexico; if you're a fetus , you're safe, but if your mother is forced to have you — you're on your own for bad or for worse; if you're a veteran and fight for the U.S., we'll put decals on our cars; but if you're injured, oh well, we only care for heroes who were neither captured nor injured; good luck; and finally (for today), if you are a rich criminal… well you already know about this one. So to sum up: just hug the flag a lot, who knows? this might help you some day… or not.

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    Belinda Lee

    This is beyond wrong.

    Shouldn’t veterans who served for country, be automatically allowed to stay in our country pending their paperwork?

    The U.S. military/government had no problem taking them in while they’re undocumented, and now they’re being kicked out after they’ve served?

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    Emanuel Hayashi

    David Ward you piece of shit so veteran who served in the Military saving this asshats life you used him then spat him out like most you beg help the country coward

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    David Shaw

    What about deporting a man who refused to serve through trickery and his parents were Scottish and German extraction. Who's actions are suspiciously pro Russian and paid for by Russian Billionaires who's business methods were based on the Mafias .

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    Johnna Liggett

    Keep up they great coverage of things not covered in 99% of the media!!! Can you imagine what the 24 he news networks could cover if they did journalism like Pepper, Oliver, Bee, Minaj our comedians are covering the country better.

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    Corren Weiß

    Would have loved to see what David Ward would have to say about all the rich white criminals immigrants.

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    michael hyatt

    IT'S PRETTY WORTHLESS but
    I APOLOGISE FOR THE COWARDS THAT DEPORTED YOU..
    THANK YOU FOR FIGHTING FOR AMERICA.
    OUR GREAT PRESIDENT WAS TO COWARDLY TO FIGHT ALONG SIDE OF YOU…..
    I AM A FELON… FELLONOY ASSAULT IS WHAT I AM KNOWN FOR…
    COME DEPORT ME..
    I WILL BE DIG YOUR GRAVE FOR YOU………. DONALD TRUMP IS THE MOST ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENT IN HISTORY… I WILL EVEN DIG ONE FOR YOU DONNIE

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    Mandy Last

    I applied for expedited citizenship when I joined the service… it’s allowable even in times that are not of hostility. But you do have to fill out the paperwork and it is complicated. You could be an 18 year old and not understand that it doesn’t happen automatically.

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    Ekaterina S

    This is nuts!
    Perfect description on American traits: selfish to the core!!!

    „You can die for us, but better not live with us“

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    Sean Baca

    I am a 20 yr retired MSgt (disabled combat veteran). Along with being Native American, and I served with 3 men from Mexico. These men fought as hard as any of us, and it's an embarrassment that they didn't receive citizenship. What is wrong with people. I'm almost certain my peoole didn't want Europeans stealing their country, but they did it anyway. Simply pathetic

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    Spencer Russell

    Wow. Fight for my country, then we deport you! ALMOST feels like this happened in our country's history before.. 🙄😨🤔

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    B DOZA

    America is always been racists. Until they need minority’s for war. Make promises then war is over and they take the promise back. America!

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    mastermooky

    that's funny, you anglos wee e tis o bing disease o his count when you landed, not only that, you actually used hose same diseases to kill the indigenous population

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    Eff -U

    serving in the US military automatically makes one a citizen . if one fights for this country one then is a citizen look it up please

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    G G

    That’s something, served this country and got deported! That should be a lesson for Latinos , don’t enlist your children in the military because there’s a war we have to fight right here in America.

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    Roman DiFranco

    White dude keeps saying it’s a felony, has he read a law book? It’s a misdemeanor 😪. Literally the same type of infraction level as jaywalking.

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    ybn_ Justinisyou

    U fight in vietnam u get shot almost died and then rescued ur general and u forgot to pay ur taxes and now ur deported SMH 🤦🏽‍♂️

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    Brazilian American Patriotic Soldier

    You should check before calling this man a Veteran…His paperwork was lost and is deported…People seriously falling this…🤦‍♂️

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