News & Opinion | June 15, 2018 9:36 am

Colbert Begs Viewers to Contact Congress about Immigrant Family Separations

Comedian called new policy housing migrant children in camps "evil" and "recreational racism."

Stephen Colbert pleads with viewers to oppose AG Jeff Sessions' new migrant camps. (YouTube)
Stephen Colbert pleads with viewers to oppose AG Jeff Sessions' new migrant camps. (YouTube)

Stephen Colbert called on his viewers to reach out to their representatives in Congress after the first reports trickle in about the temporary camps being set up for migrant children in Texas. These camps are part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy to separate illegal immigrant families who cross the border in an attempt to deter more from coming.

Stephen Colbert interjected some humor into his take on the news, but ultimately struck a somber tone ahead of Father’s Day.

“Usually for me to talk about a news story on this show—especially a tragic one—it has to be something everybody’s already talking about. That’s my job, to give you my take on the conversation everyone is already having—with any luck, my take is funnier than yours, or I would be watching you,” he cracked. “But this story is different, because this is the conversation everybody should be having.”

Calling Sessions’ policy “evil” and “recreational racism,” Colbert pleaded with his viewers ahead of Father’s Day to express their outrage to elected officials, regardless of party affiliation.

“I sincerely believe that it doesn’t matter who you voted for. If we let this happen, we are a feckless country.”