In classic comedic form, talk show host Stephen Colbert testified today on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary committee’s immigration subcommittee. And he quickly got to his point:

This is America. I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want one picked by an American. Then sliced by a Guatemalan, and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian. Because my great grandfather did not travel across 4,000 miles of the Atlantic ocean to see this country overrun by immigrants. He did it because he killed a man back in Ireland.

The Washington Independent reported that Colbert was invited to speak after he spent a day working on a farm as part of the United Farm Workers of Americas “Take Our Jobs” initiative. While his appearance before the committee has been criticized by liberals and conservatives alike (both noting that one day in the the shoes of a farmworkers doesn’t make him an expert, a fact with which Colbert completely agrees), the talk show host maintains that he’s willing to use his celebrity to get people talking in a constructive way about immigration reform.

Read more about Colbert’s appearance at the Washington Independent.

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