Colbert on Immigration

24 Sep

Stephen Colbert testifies before Congress to discuss – in character – migrant farmworkers in America.  My favorite line, “my grandfather didn’t travel 4,000 miles across the Atlantic to come to this country only to have it overrun by immigrants.”


I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, sliced by a Guatemalan, and served by a Venezuelan, in a spa, where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”


The questioning that followed isn’t in the embedded video, but when asked why he cared about this issue, Colbert gave this reply:

I like talking about people who don’t have any power. It seems like some of the least powerful people in the U.S. are those who come to the U.S. and do our work and don’t have any rights when they’re here. And then we ask them to leave. … I don’t want to take anyone’s hardship away from them or diminish [the widespread effects of the recession] … but migrant workers suffer and have no rights.

10 Responses to “Colbert on Immigration”

  1. Gene Boyer September 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    Your latest Colbert message is garbled when opened. It appears to have a single set of garbage data that is repeated continuously. This replaces all segments of the original message and other references within the message.
    hope you can correct it easily and then re-post the message.


  2. Ward September 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    Without watching it–does this show the part where they finally threw him out?
    And the part where he entered his colonoscopy report into the Congressional Record?

    And the part where Nancy Pe-loser said she thought the whole thing was a good idea?
    Congress/Colbert FAIL. About ready for “Recovery November”, America.

  3. Hank September 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    Having Colbert there—IN CHARACTER—makes you realize where Rep. Lofgren’s head is at.

    NY Rep Peter King said perhaps some members of Congress spend too much time watching Comedy Channel. I’d say at least 1 does. Colbert brought nothing to the table of substance, and according to the WAPO, not a conservative rag, it was a joke.

  4. Bbill September 24, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Having Colbert there—IN CHARACTER—makes you realize where Rep. Lofgren’s head is at.

    Hey that’s what this guy said too. What a coincidence!

    He also says the markets are up because the Federal Reserve is trying to help Obama, and that the 2008 crash was all a Federal Reserve plot to get TARP passed. Really. Maybe that’s why he talks to his audience like they’re a bunch of morons.

  5. BobbyCat September 25, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    It backfired. Instead of drawing attention to the immigration issue, it drew attention to the folly of congressional hearings. Colbert (or the people who invited him) needs to reign-in their egos.

  6. Carl September 25, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Having the right people get bent about this proves one thing:

    Colbert has scoreboard on everyone else.

  7. Ward September 25, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    A cynic might say that this circus was designed to distract attention Friday from the testimony by Christopher Coates, the DoJ’s voting rights chief, concerning the disgraceful handling of the New Black Panther intimidation case by “Geoffrey” Holder and his political minions.

  8. Hapklein September 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    Strange posts here by mostly ideological wierdo’s.

    They all ignore the reality of the problem Colbert tried to bring attention to, how to recognize illegal alien workers as human beings, even identifying them as “the least of my brother’s,” that is human beings worthy of acknowledgement, as such.

    But the conservative culture has chosen to portray them as aliens from another planet.

    The Republican Senators were not merely stone faced, their entire being is wrapped about the possible erection of King Corn, King Coal and King Oil as our true Gods. They have turned to stone in hope of more money.

    It is no longer a question of humanity: greed has seized the entire dynamic and will rule the debate.

  9. Carl September 26, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    Ward continues to bring up the NBJ non-troversy, which has been shown time and again to be a load of garbage.

    Translation: He has NOTHING to bring to this debate, and wants to steer clear of it.

  10. joker September 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    The debate about what? Migrant workers or Stephen Colbert? The Dems looked silly for doing it, the Republicans looked silly for reacting the way that it did and the losers are the American people, who’ve been taught since gradeschool that the Congress of the United States is a place where serious people address serious issues.

    The big winner was Colbert, of course, for bringing home the bacon for a comedy cable network that regularly beats Olbermann, Maddaow etc. on MSNBC,

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