September 22nd, 2010
08:51 PM ET
12 years ago

Stephen Colbert to testify before Congress


Washington (CNN) – Comedian Stephen Colbert will testify before Congress on Friday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration called "Protecting America's Harvest."

Colbert will testify alongside United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez to discuss the UFW's summer "Take our Jobs" campaign, in which the group invited U.S. citizens and legal residents to replace immigrant field laborers, according to a UFW press release.

The campaign is an effort by the group to debunk the theory that immigrant laborers are taking jobs away from U.S. citizens and documented workers.

Rodriguez appeared on "The Colbert Report" in July to discuss the campaign. During the interview, Colbert agreed to participate in the challenge after Rodriguez reported that only four people had signed up to work in the fields.

The resulting episode of "The Colbert Report," in which Colbert spent a day working in the fields, will air Wednesday night. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, will also appear on the program to discuss immigration reform.

According to the Daily Caller, Colbert will appear in character for the hearing.

Phil B. Glaize, chairman of the U.S. Apple Association, and Carol M. Swain, a professor at Vanderbilt University, will also testify at the hearing, according to the Judiciary Committee's witness list.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. MoeL

    LOL....Please fellow Americans...let's be honest...absolutely none of you are going to work in those fields. Actually, I do not think most Americans are up to the physical will all be running to your respective doctors and crying about low back pain, etc.

    September 23, 2010 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  2. Missy

    No one who can make more from unemployment is going to take a job of hard labor instead. The only way that might change is if there were a crackdown on both employers who hire illegal immigrants and on illegal immigration itself. If employers were forced to hire from among legal residents/citizens and pay livable wages, might be plenty of takers. As a result, this challenge simply can't prove the point the organizers are trying to make with it.

    September 23, 2010 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  3. Surthurfurd

    Again, in American history, it takes comedians playing a fictional role to tell the truth since the politicians playing themselves can not.

    September 23, 2010 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  4. Kansas

    Please tell me this is a joke... The hearing will be a train wreck.

    September 23, 2010 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  5. runswithbeer

    Folks the PEOPLE here illegally, are here looking for work. I remind every American of their duty to uphold the Declaration of Independence. Where it CLEARLY STATES in words DEBATED LONG AGO by AMERICANS of much HIGHER SUBSTANCE that any present here: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Folks this APPLIES to EVERY PERSON on this PLANET WILLING to become an AMERICAN. ARE YOU IMPEDING SOMEONE'S RIGHT TO BECOME AN AMERICAN??????? The more Americans there are, the more secure the Earth is from war, the more prosperity there is for everyone. Half the people on the planet would become Americans if GIVEN THE FREEDOM that GOD GAVE THEM.

    September 23, 2010 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  6. KDirty

    I wonder how Congress is going to respond to Stephen Colbert remaining in character? I can see them getting pretty tired of it, pretty quickly.

    September 23, 2010 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  7. eideard


    Try out how many people would work in a meatpacking plant for $19 an hour – which was the average wage before the industry began replacing workers with undocumentados – versus the current average of $9 an hour.

    Wages for construction laborers here in New Mexico went from $9 an hour to $7 an hour.

    Save the straw man for network TV and Congress.

    September 23, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
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