James Corden Posted A Video Of A Recent Flight Out Of LAX, And It's Revealing

The actor and comedian ran an 80-second video before his show began on Monday.

Instead of an opening monologue to his show on Monday, James Corden played a short clip from his travels.

On a recent flight out of LAX, he filmed the process of going into security and checking into his flight. It was simple. Corden encountered no obstacles worthy of note. 

At the end of the video, these words appeared: "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."

The video quickly went viral online and surpassed two million video views. 

While critics are calling President Trump's recent immigration-focused executive order a "Muslim ban," supporters insist it's just a ban on travelers from countries that have previously been identified as terrorist threats; and that plenty of Muslim nations are still allowed to send people to the States. Still, religious minorities in the seven countries — in other words, non-Muslims — will reportedly be given priority as refugees. That may explain why Corden ended his video the way he did.


Corden, who is an immigrant and United Kingdom native, had an easy and amicable time getting through security, customs and getting checked in. The same can't be said for others, though.

Green card holders, immigrants, refugees and tourists from the seven countries barred from traveling to the United States had a markedly different experience this week.

An 18-month-old American citizen was detained at Chicago O'Hare Airport. An MIT engineering student from Iran will not be allowed to reenter the United States. An Iraqi translator who had worked for the U.S. armed forces was held at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. A Yazidi woman fleeing ISIS was stuck in Iraq. A medical student from West Virginia says his dad is stuck in Iran after attending a funeral

Hundreds of people were detained at airports across the country or prohibited from boarding their flights. Many were legal permanent residents or people who had the proper visas and had already been vetted for entry. 

In total, about 90,000 people received nonimmigrant or immigrant visas from the seven affected countries in 2015, according to The Washington Post. That means that at least 90,000 people from the seven countries on the list are either barred from entering the country or should not expect to be able to return in the next 90 days if they choose to leave.


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