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Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert testified before Congress today about immigration during a hearing called "Protecting America's Harvest."
Colbert appeared 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 is 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.
Watch Colbert's opening testimony today:
Here's video of Colbert's final moment, in full, so you don't have to rely on my fast-typing quasi-transcription.
Chu asks Colbert why, of all the issues he could talk about, or bring attention to, he decided to get involved in this issue. Colbert, for the first time today, drops out of character.
"I like talking about people who don't have any power...I feel the need to speak for those who can't speak for themselves....We ask them to come and work, and then we ask them to leave again. They suffer, and have no rights."
He also quotes Matthew 25:40: "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"
That would seem to be a good place to leave this, and after summing up, Zoe Lofgren adjourns the meeting.
I hereby withdraw my skepticism on the matter of whether this appearance would have any merit.