America's New Farm Worker, Stephen Colbert, Takes On Congress

Colbert takes a moment to ponder what lawmakers have to say about immigration. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Sep 24, 2010
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

Comedian Stephen Colbert recently made a much anticipated trip to one of America's farms to work as a migrant farm worker.

Well...he didn't actually do much work, but the comedian did grab America's attention and raise awareness about migrant farm workers' rights.

His visit to the farm was part of the "Take Our Jobs" campaign.

He and the United Farm Workers invited Americans who believe migrant workers are taking jobs from U.S. citizens to come out to the farm and take the work back.

Colbert's point in all of this is that the migrant workers who pick America's food do strenuous work for long hours and little pay—and they have very few rights.

Check out the videos below.

Here's a hilarious clip of Colbert "working" on one of America's farms:

Three million people visited the "Take Our Jobs" website, 8,600 expressed interest in taking a job, but only seven people actually showed to take United Farm Workers up on its offer of a job in agriculture.

On Friday, Colbert took his message to Congress.

With a mix of satire and sincerity, Colbert's speech urged Congress to pass the AgJOBS bill, which would provide a legal, stable labor supply and help ensure that farmworkers are treated fairly.

Fighting back fake tears, he said to Congress about his time on the farm, "I have to say, and I do mean this sincerely: Please don't make me do this again. It is really, really hard."

We're not sure that the humor was completely appreciated by our lawmakers, but Colbert left everyone with a few noteworthy messages and, hopefully, a push toward immigration reform.

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