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 (http://www.fwjustice.org/what-is-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.

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