Late-Night Hosts Respond to Immigration Ban: 'Welcome to Trump's America'

Trevor Noah
Peter Yang

Trevor Noah

'You've got to give the guy credit. He can really get a lot of stuff undone,' said Colbert on 'The Late Show.'

President Trump signed a controversial executive order on Friday (Jan. 27) that put a stop to the U.S. refugee program and effectively bans entries for immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. But it wasn't until Monday night (Jan. 30) that most late-night hosts could address the issue, and many of them had harsh words for the newly sworn-in president. 

The Late Show's Stephen Colbert came back from a week's hiatus. "This is our first show of the Trump administration," Colbert said. "You ever regret going on vacation? 'Take the week off,' they said. 'America will still be here when you get back,' they said.'"

Colbert joked that after the inauguration, people said of Trump, "let's not worry too much. Let's wait and see."

"Well we didn't have to wait too long," Colbert said. "The line moves really fast on this ride. Every day, you just get back on the roller coaster and start throwing up."

"You've got to give the guy credit. He can really get a lot of stuff undone," Colbert continued. "From Obamacare to climate change to torture, he's already moved the country back to 2004. If this keeps up, pretty soon I'm going to launch the Colbert Report."

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah discussed the travel ban with Hasan Minhaj, a practicing Muslim. 

"In the past, America has had lots of issues with Muslims and immigration," Minhaj told the host, "but Trump is taking this thing to a whole new level. Other presidents were just dipping their toes in the pool, but Trump straight-up did a cannonball and then felt up the lifeguard."

"Technically, you're a citizen so this ban doesn't affect you," Noah assured him, but Minhaj wasn't so sure.

"We're on day 11, man! That's it, where do you think this is going to go? It's like watching the first episode of Breaking Bad thinking, 'Oh, it's just a science teacher cooking meth. It can't get any crazier.' But it does!"

Earlier, Noah spoke about the protests at airports across the country. "People in the airport were pissed and it's not because they're at the airport. Welcome to Trump's America. That's how bad the Donald is. No matter how bad the situation you're in, Donald Trump can always make it worse." 

Late Night's Seth Meyers addressed Trump's statement that the ban is not about religion, but "about keeping our country safe." 

"Though if you really want to keep Americans safe, quit making them walk in the street," Meyers joked about the many protests and demonstrations that have taken place since the executive order was signed. "Everything you do, people end up walking in the street. It's a health hazard!" 

The implementation of Trump's ban was "so sloppy and confusing," according to Meyers, that officials were "caught off guard" and a judge ordered a stop to all deportations, "saying in a statement we're likely to hear a lot of for the next four years: 'I think the government hasn't had a full chance to think about this.'" 

"Trump should be the first president that legally has to count to 100 before taking action," said Meyers. 

TBS' Conan O'Brien spoke about the issue during his monologue, specifically that Trump spent the weekend watching Finding Dory at the White House

"Apparently in this version, Dory couldn't be found because she was being detained at the airport," O'Brien joked.

Jimmy Kimmel took time to address the recent airport protests, specifically the story of a five-year-old boy who was detained for hours. "The White House press secretary had the unenviable job today of trying to explain how detaining a five-year-old helps to keep the country safe," Kimmel explained, showing a clip of Sean Spicer, who stated that to assume that someone isn't a threat just because of someone's age "would be misguided." 

"Yeah -- unless he's five-years-old! What's he gonna do?"

The Late Late Show host took video of himself, entitled "James Corden's Post-Ban Trip Through LAX," heading to LAX to travel.

After a quick walk-through of the airport, a message pops up to read: "Today, James flew out of Los Angeles. So all of our shows this week have been pre-taped. Freedom of movement should be this easy for all legal immigrants. Not just the white and Christian ones." 

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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