John Oliver improves the immigration conversation.

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There has been a lot of buzz about Immigration Reform recently, primarily that it is dead.

This confused me.

 

“Wait… Why is it now dead? What’s changed?”

 

The answer, apparently, is because former House Majority leader Eric Cantor lost his primary to a Tea Party candidate named Dave Brat.

 

This only led to more questions:

“Who is Dave Brat?”

and

“Why does a single Virginia primary sway an important conversation for the entire nation?”

 

The answers are, respectively, “It doesn’t matter.” and “It shouldn’t and hopefully won’t.

 

I was searching for an effective way to share my perspective on this when I abruptly stopped. I didn’t need to anymore. Someone else articulated their perspective on Immigration Reform ca. 6.23.14 more insightfully and humorously than I ever could.

 

Who?

 

John Oliver.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is yet another great show from HBO.

 

Regardless of your political bent or your view on immigration, watch this clip.

You’ll laugh and then walk away smarter than you were before.

 

Click here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/17/john-oliver-immigration_n_5501774.html

 

 

My favorite excerpt is this:

So the argument is… “We can’t let the immigrants in because they’ll never vote for us.” To which I might have a solution. What if – and this is going to sound crazy – you just tried treating them better? Maybe even as if, and I don’t want to push you outside your comfort zone, maybe even as if they are human beings who might have something hypothetically to offer the country?

 

 

 

 

Bradley Hartmann is founder and El Presidente at Red Angle (www.redanglespanish.com), a training and consulting firm bridging the English-Spanish (and a bit of Polish…) language gap in the construction industry.

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