A Virginia apple grower shared the stage with comedian Stephen Colbert at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on immigration reform.

Appearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law Sept. 23, Phil Glaize, owner of Winchester, Va.-based Fred L. Glaize Co. and former chairman of the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association, encouraged Congress to pass immigration reform, according to a U.S. Apple news release.

In his testimony, Glaize told Congress members that a reliable, stable and legal workforce is necessary to prevent crops from going unpicked.

“If production moves to other nations, these jobs will, too,” Glaize testified. “Their loss will be devastating and irreversible. This threat is not hypothetical, it is real, and worsening in the face of Congressional inaction.”