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](http://washingtonindependent.com/98565/colbert-migrant-work-is-really-really-hard) reported that Colbert was [invited](http://washingtonindependent.com/98536/stephen-colbert-to-testify-today-before-the-house) to speak after he spent a day working on a farm as part of the United Farm Workers of Americas "[Take Our Jobs](http://washingtonindependent.com/95981/what-would-smart-visa-reform-look-like)" 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.](http://washingtonindependent.com/98565/colbert-migrant-work-is-really-really-hard)
Stephen Colbert Testifies On Capitol Hill
In this political climate, we could all use a good laugh.
By Jamilah King Sep 24, 2010