Stephen Colbert testifies before Congress on immigrationPosted: 09/25/2010
Stephen Colbert testified before a Congressional hearing, titled “Protecting America’s Harvest.” Colbert recently participated in the United Farm Workers’ Take Our Jobs campaign, where he spent a day picking beans and packing corn with migrant laborers. This is the latest example of Colbert’s positive work on behalf of his fellow Americans. He was recently recognized by General Petraeus for his numerous efforts on behalf of American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines.
When asked by Rep. Judy Chu why he is interested in helping raise awareness about migrant workers, Colbert responded, “I like talking about people who don’t have any power, and [migrant workers] seem like one of the least powerful people in the United States. Migrant workers come and do our work, but don’t have any rights as a result, and yet we still invite them to come here, and yet ask them to leave. That’s an interesting contradiction to me; you know, ‘Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers.” These seem like the least of our brothers, right now. A lot of people are least brothers, because of the economy right now, and I don’t want to take anyone’s hardship away from them, or diminish anything like that, but migrant workers suffer, and have no rights.”
The campaign by the UFW is fascinating, that despite high unemployment, Stephen Colbert was only the 16th American to accept a job as a migrant laborer. Those who would only restrict immigration might want to reconsider who picks their vegetables. In fact, finding a solution that would document as many illegal immigrants as possible, and provide them a path to citizenship, seems to be the most humane solution for both the migrant laborers and for Americans concerned about runaway illegal immigration. After all, Americans have not leapt at the UFW’s invitation to replace these migrant laborers. In fact, there seem to be just as many invitation signals as there are restrictions, so at the end of the day, efforts to enforce current immigration laws are half-faced at best.