Here’s a sneak peek from tonight’s episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, where correspondent Allana Harkin attempts to bring some #viral #buzz to a situation some immigrants are facing right now in the U.S. that is, as Harkin puts it, “fucking impossible.” Harkin meets former Lieutenant Colonel Margaret Stock, who started a program called MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest), which gives qualified immigrants an opportunity to gain U.S. citizenship after enlisting in the military for eight years.
There’s just one small problem, though: Donald Trump canceled the program, and now there are immigrants out there who have already served in the military whose path to citizenship is no longer guaranteed. Plus, they were “re-vetted” through what Stock calls “the most ham-handed background checks I had ever seen in my life,” which apparently considers immigrants with parents living in another country “suspicious” for having “foreign ties.” In addition to Stock, Harkin speaks with several immigrants in the MAVNI program who, instead of hoping for citizenship, are now facing the possibility of deportation. So, what can we do to help? Harkin has an idea: “Oh, this shit is going viral.”