Stephen Colbert Takes On Congress, Sarcastically Argues for Farm Workers

By MATTHEW JAFFE and Z. BYRON WOLF, ABC NEWS

Stephen Colbert launched a comedy sneak attack on Congress Friday.

He submitted serious testimony to a judiciary subcommittee hearing on the issue of farm workers and immigration, but when it was his turn to speak, the talk show host slipped into character as a satirical conservative to make his points in support of more favored status for migrant farm laborers.

“This is America,” he told the panel. “I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican,” he said. “We do not want immigrants doing this labor.”

He tried to enter images from his colonoscopy into the Congressional Record during a riff on how Americans should eat less roughage. Then Colbert recalled his day spent picking vegetables at an upstate New York farm earlier this summer.

“I’ll admit, I started my day with a preconceived notion of immigrant labor,” he said.

“I have to say, and I do mean this sincerely: Please don’t make me do this again. It is really, really hard,” Colbert said, pretending to choke up.

And he didn’t stop there.

On the bill dealing with immigrant workers, Colbert quipped, “Like most members of Congress, I haven’t read it.” He sarcastically expressed confidence that as the bill moves forward, “both sides will work together as you always do.”

That was one of the rare jokes that actually drew a good laugh from the packed committee room.

Colbert then concluded his opening statement by saying, “USA, No. 1.”

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