Stephen Colbert Knows Where Trump Gets Fake News From: Homeland Immigration Study on Asylum Support Statistics—HISASS

Stephen Colbert poked fun at some of President Donald Trump's more suprising claims about unusual activities going on at the U.S-Mexico border.

On Tuesday's Late Night, the comedian questioned the origins of some of Trump's wilder allegations—that immigrants have stronger, bigger and faster cars than American law enforcement, that prayer rugs are mysteriously popping up at the border and, most famously, that women are being duct taped and put in the backs of vans.

The latter is a claim the president referenced at least 10 times in 22 days as of last Friday, according to Vox. Border patrol officials, the publication reported, have been emailing agents in an attempt to find "any information" to support the statement.

"I happen to know exactly where Trump got his information," Colbert quipped. "It's from the Homeland Immigration Study on Asylum Support Statistics."

Or in other words, "HIS ASS."

Like other commentators—including MSNBC host Rachel Maddow—Colbert pointed out Trump may be looking to Hollywood for inspiration. The 2018 movie Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which depicts Mexican drug cartels smuggling terrorists across the U.S. border, shows taped-up women, "super strong cars" and border agents finding prayer rugs.

"So Trump maybe just got all these ideas from movies," Colbert said, before impersonating the president.

"I'm telling you, little boys are sneaking aliens in with flying bicycles," he said, referencing the classic 1982 movie E.T. in a Trump-inspired voice. "These aliens are coming here to steal our precious Reese's pieces."

"We must build a wall out of vibranium slats, otherwise we'll be overrun by Crazy Rich Asians," Colbert continued.

Vibranium is a fictional metal found in the Marvel universe, and Crazy Rich Asians was a 2018 box office smash with an all-Asian cast.

Trump's desire for a border wall was the bone of contention that kept the government partially shuttered for 35 days from late December to last week. The president wanted to secure $5.7 billion of funding for the wall, but Democrats refused to agree.

The president halted the shutdown on Friday but warned he may close down the government again if a border wall deal is not reached by February 15.

The last shutdown saw affected federal workers turn to food banks as they missed paychecks. Even airports called in assistance from non-profits to help feed employees working without pay.

Meanwhile, garbage built up at national parks like Joshua Tree in California as park rangers stayed home. Although volunteers stepped in to support the park's skeleton staff, vandalism, off-roading and illegal fires left it seriously damaged.

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Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, on January 10, 2019, to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images