September 23, 2010
In July 2010, Stephen Colbert took part in the "Take our Jobs Please."
Hoping to debunk the theory that immigrants were stealing jobs away from U.S. citizens, the campaign offered Americans jobs that were held by migrant farm workers.
Concerned about his future job security as a political pundit, Stephen decided to become the campaign's fourth participant. He threw on his overalls and headed to Gill Farms in Hurley, NY to interview Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren on what it takes to become a migrant worker.
Deciding to take back farming jobs for Americans, Stephen enlisted Farmer Sam's help to show him the ropes of farm labor. After building boxes, packing corn and picking beans for hours in the sun, Stephen was deemed unqualified to take on the job.
Stephen later testified at the House Judiciary Committee's immigration hearing, "Protecting America's Harvest." Alongside United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez
, Stephen shared with Congress his experience working as a migrant farm worker.
Read and watch The Washington Post's
coverage of Stephen's testimony here
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