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Alabama Immigration Law Backfires, Colbert Says 'I Told You So' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 10/27/11 01:14 PM ET Updated: 12/27/11 05:12 AM ET

Stephen Colbert was roundly criticized by politicos last year for his tongue-in-cheek congressional testimony on the plight of illegal farm workers, but now he's getting to revel in his own prescience.

After spending a day working on an upstate New York farm as part of the Take Our Jobs project, Colbert testified about his experiences before congress, sarcastically lamenting the backbreaking nature of the work due to most soil being at ground level. The stunt was an attempt to shed light on the country's benefiting off of the labor of the very people it maligns as a scourge on our resources, but it was a point not well-taken by many of the assembled.

Flash forward to today and the state of Alabama, having passed the country's toughest immigration law, is seeing its crops rot on the vine due to a lack of experienced laborers to work the fields. Had Alabama's legislators simply watched "The Report," maybe they would have known what to expect. According to Colbert, "No one could have predicted this would happen, except me."

Obviously, Colbert isn't one to say "I told you so." No, he's the kind of guy who puts that on a banner and mocks you relentlessly for four minutes.

Of course, liberals out there are gloating that Alabama is just reaping what it sowed. Wrong, 'cause there are no immigrants left to reap it.

The real-life story has taken a turn for the absurd, as Alabama is attempting to replace the migrant workers who have fled the state with prison laborers, who farmers admit don't work as hard as their predecessors.

Turns out, Americans who've chosen a life of crime don't have quite the same work ethic as Guatemalans who've walked through 500 miles of desert to feed their children.

It remains to be seen what the outcome of Alabama's potentially disastrous legislation will be, but according to Colbert, desperate times call for desperate measures:

To preserve our precious BLTs we must do whatever it takes... other than offer these people any rights.

Watch the clip above and let us know what you think in the comments. And if you missed it last year, Colbert posted a Web exclusive clip of his entire testimony with a live audience, "Who are not a-holes."



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