03/26/2013 01:01 pm ET

Junot Diaz Defends Immigration Reform On The Colbert Report

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz dropped by the Colbert Report Monday night where he spent much of his appearance defending immigration reform.

“Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American,” Diaz said. “That’s just the truth of it.”

The author continued, drawing applause from the crowd when he said:

We have a whole bunch of young people and a whole bunch of families. Are we going to disrupt these families and tear them apart? Or are we going think, like, listen – these people are here. We’ve got to deal with this reality. We’ve got to extend the franchise. And we’ve got to start thinking of the country in a way of how do we pull folks together, not how do we attack them and afflict them.

Diaz sits on the board of Freedom University, a program that offers classes to undocumented immigrants, who are barred from attending public universities in Georgia.

Watch Junot Diaz’s appearance on the Colbert Report in the video above.



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