Seth Meyers returned from an extended vacation with a new Closer Look segment focused on President Donald Trump’s latest controversies, including his response to Hurricane Harvey and decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
“As his summer of near constant chaos ends, President Trump faces a series of challenges more difficult than any he has dealt with up to this point,” Meyers said on Tuesday night’s Late Night. “So how has he responded? By threatening to deport hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Americans.”
On Tuesday, the Trump administration formally revealed it had decided to end DACA, an Obama-era policy launched in 2012 to protect 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants (or Dreamers) who were brought to the United States as children from deportation.
“I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are [a] nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws,” Trump said in a statement. DACA, per the administration, will be rescinded in six months.
Said Meyers, “This will shock you. With this decision today, Trump once again proved himself to be a liar, after repeatedly assuring Dreamers that he would take care of them and treat them with heart.” The host then played clips of Trump explaining how Dreamers “shouldn’t be very worried.”
“We love the Dreamers, we love everybody,” Trump said at one point. He later called the “DACA thing” a “very, very difficult thing for me.”
“You have a president needlessly tormenting hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans with a cruel and capricious policy that is supported neither by a majority of voters nor leaders of his own party,” Meyers toward the end of the segment, before asking, “So why do Republicans continue to stand by him?”
With that, he quoted Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA): “He’s an a–hole, but he’s our a–hole.”
“Now I’m not a licensed proctologist, but Congressman, there’s something seriously wrong with your a–hole,” quipped Meyers.