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#EndorseThis: John Oliver Pokes Holes In Trump’s Proposed Border Patrol Surge

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#EndorseThis: John Oliver Pokes Holes In Trump’s Proposed Border Patrol Surge


On the heels of President Trump’s proposed Border Patrol hiring surge, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on Sunday examined the agency’s shoddy screening processes and susceptibility to corruption. In particular, Oliver highlighted the shortcomings of the previous Border Patrol hiring surge, in which George W. Bush oversaw a 100 percent increase in the number of agents — a surge, Oliver noted, “that was matched only by the surge in the number of reality shows about people making cakes.”

Oliver returned from hiatus last week to showcase conspiracy peddler Alex Jones’s lucrative supplement enterprise. (If you haven’t seen it already, Jones’s tone-deaf response is worth a watch.)



  1. Daniel Jones August 7, 2017

    Let me explain why Trump is hiring for a job that flat out doesn’t need it…

    It’s his only way to say he’s increasing jobs.

    1. Independent1 August 7, 2017

      But what’s a bit unfortunate here, is that there are already so many agents on our southern border that there have been a number of incidents in which they’ve been killing each other. Adding more agents is just going to add to the problem and not really provide additional security for America.

      See this from Fox News as just one example:

      Border Patrol agents apparently opened fire on each other, union says

      PHOENIX – The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire, the head of the Border Patrol agents’ union said.

      The two sets of agents approached an area where a sensor had been activated early Tuesday from different directions early Tuesday and encountered each other in an area of heavy brush, National Border Patrol Council president George McCubbin said Sunday.


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