Colbert (Briefly) Breaks Character in Testimony
'I like to talk about people who don't have any power'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 24, 2010 12:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Stephen Colbert mostly yucked it up during his congressional testimony today, but towards the end, Democrat Judy Chu actually got him to break his faux-pundit facade. After relating the story of a worker overcome by heat stroke, but unable to find medical help, she asked Colbert why he had chosen to tackle the migrant worker topic. Colbert took a moment to collect himself, and then, with a stammer he said, “I… I like talking about people who don’t have any power.” (See video from CNN.)

“This seems like one of the least powerful groups of people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work and don’t have any rights as a result.” Then the comedian actually quoted the Bible non-ironically saying, “You know, whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers—and these seem like the least of our brothers right now. … Migrant workers suffer and have no rights.”

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jonnymop
Sep 26, 2010 11:09 AM CDT
He's wrong, migrant workers do have rights. It may not be a perfect but they do.
Non-deep-thinker
Sep 25, 2010 11:34 AM CDT
The embarrassment du jour for the U.S. Congress. Looking on the bright side, it will give next week's embarrassment something to push off the front pages.
SteveLee
Sep 25, 2010 9:48 AM CDT
There is already a "Visa Program for Agricultural Workers" but many of the Agricorporations don't want to go to the extra expense of using-it so they hire Illegal Immigrants to harvest their corn and beans through labor contractors. There is no need for the migrant workers to become American citizens as they prefer to travel home for the Christmas season. In Los Angeles many of the legal immigrants take their kids out of school for the whole month of December and they don't return until mid-January from Mexico. There are millions of Illegals in the U.S. that cannot travel home because they have expired visas so they will not be allowed to board airplanes because of the Department of Homeland Security rules. Steven Cobert, the high-paid star of his own Cable TV show, is a typical entertainer that has joined-up with the Immigration Reformistas that are using their celebrity to try try and change the image of the Illegals in front of the Television News cameras: http://www.tcunation.com/profiles/blogs/changing-the-image-of