Fresh from a short stint as a worker at a New York vegetable farm, TVâs Stephen Colbert is set to testify in a House hearing on farm labor Sept. 24.
Colbert, star of âThe Stephen Colbert Reportâ on Comedy Central, is scheduled to testify at the âProtecting Americaâs Harvest,â House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law.
Others scheduled to testify include: Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers; Phil Glaize, owner of apple grower-shipper Fred L. Glaize Co., Winchester, Va.; and Carol Swain, Vanderbilt University law professor.
âThe Stephen Colbert Reportâ (11:30 p.m. EST) will air segments of Colbert working at Gill Farms Sept. 23. Colbert accepted the challenge of the âTake Our Jobsâ campaign by the United Farm Workers in telecast of his show July 8.
The union launched Take Our Jobs in June to highlight the reality that illegal immigrants in agriculture are not taking jobs away from U.S. citizens and other legal residents.
Craig Regelbrugge, co-chair of the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform and vice president of government relations and research for the Washington, D.C.-based American Nursery & Landscape Association, said members of the coalition and U.S. Apple would accompany Glaize, who grows apples, to the hearing.