Friday, October 1, 2010

Stephen Colbert on immigrant farm workers

On 9/24 Stephen Colbert testified in Congress to support resolving the issue of illegal immigrants working on US farms.

Stephen Colbert is a television personality most popularly known for his show "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central, a satirical news show.

I noticed several correlations to material we have covered in class:
-Illegal farm workers (the subject)
-The growing number of obese Americans
-Farms relocating outside of the U.S.
-Genetic engineering
-Work conditions for farm employees
-Low wages of farm employees

I believe he had the right idea about giving illegal immigrants thier green cards. If they have rights then perhaps a chain reaction can start that will eventually lead to a more safe agricultural system. He highlights this issue with an excellent point regarding thier rights. This point speaks to a root cause of our faulted agribusiness.

-Steven Foster

1 comment:

  1. I thought this was a really interesting story. I really like that Stephen Colbert is bringing national attention to migrant and illegal farm workers, since they usually don't get a lot of attention. A hearing like this might have otherwise gone unnoticed by a lot of people who were drawn in by his celebrity. I'm glad that he was allowed to speak, despite some initial protests.

    I also found a lot of his points really interesting, although fairly standard among those who support agriculture labor reform. The that he mentioned, AgJOBS (, gives suggestions for increasing the number of green cards and citizenship programs with continued farm work. Personally, I think the bill gives major improvements to workers, although we'll see how it does as it goes through Congress, I can see it being highly unpopular.