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Stephen Colbert And Migrant Workers On Capitol Hill

Posted by on September 24, 2010 at 1:23 PM EST

stephen colbert capitol hillStephen Colbert has taken Capitol Hill by storm in an effort to shed light on the hardships of migrant workers.

While the issue of migrant workers and farm labor is a touchy subject, somehow Stephen Colbert brought about his comedic presence when he discussed the issue on Capitol Hill.

Many know Stephen Colbert from his show on Comedy Central, The Colbert Report. While he discusses political subjects and jokes about them effortlessly on the program, Stephen Colbert has finally come to the shocking reality of the issue at hand.

Stephen Colbert aired The Colbert Report on Thursday and the episode showed Colbert packing corn and picking beans with migrant farm workers. Colbert then stated: “I’ll admit I started my work day with preconceived notions of migrant labor. But after working with these men and women … side by side in the unforgiving sun I have to say — and I do mean this sincerely — please don’t make me do this again. It is really, really hard.”

Taken by the hardships that these migrant workers undergo, Stephen Colbert marched his way up to Capitol Hill today, to take a stand. As Stephen Colbert sat before a House Judiciary subcommittee he made the following statements:

“I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-SPAN 1.”

“America’s farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables.”

“Now, the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables. And if you look at the recent obesity statistics, many Americans have already started.”

Of course, some of the members on the subcommittee were not very happy with the media attention that Stephen Colbert brought to the issue of migrant farm workers.

Rep. John Conyers asked Stephen Colbert to leave the hearing room before he even got to take his stand. Of course, he later revoked his statement and allowed Colbert to speak.

Rep. Steve King went on to say “Maybe we should be spending less time watching Comedy Central and more time considering all the real jobs that are out there — ones that require real hard labor and ones that don’t involve sitting behind a desk.”

It just might be Stephen Colbert and other celebrities generating media buzz on issues such as migrant farm workers and immigration laws that will actually have an impact towards change.

You can catch Stephen Colbert and his show The Colbert Report Monday-Thursday 11:30pm/10:30 c on Comedy Central.



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