UPDATE 3:30 PM, via ThinkProgress — Colbert broke out of character to explain why he decided to advocate for the issue:
“…it seems like one of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don’t have any rights as a result. But yet we still invite them to come here and at the same time ask them to leave. [...] Migrant workers suffer and have no rights.”
Via Huffington Post:
Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert is testifying before Congress today about immigration during a hearing called “Protecting America’s Harvest.”
Colbert is appearing with United Farm Workers (UFW) President Arturo S. Rodriguez before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. In August, the comedian spent a day working at a corn and vegetable farm in New York state after Rodriguez appeared on his show to discuss UFW’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign.
The effort was intended to debunk the theory that undocumented immigrants are taking jobs away from American citizens and highlight the fact the nation’s food supply is dependent on these farm workers.
Last night Colbert aired part two of a series called “Fallback Position,” where he attempts to take a migrant farmworker job himself.