Comic Defends Immigrant Workers

By Scott Sarvay

September 24, 2010 Updated Sep 24, 2010 at 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Comedian Stephen Colbert's appearance at a House subcommittee hearing on immigration garnered a lot of attention.

The appearance came after Colbert worked as a laborer for a day on a farm in upstate New York, all set up by the United Farm Workers.

But not everyone was amused by Colbert's presence at the hearing.

In fact, before his testimony, Committee Member John Conyers asked him to leave, despite all the publicity he was drawing.

Conyers said, “I am not asking you not to talk. I am asking you to leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead.”

Colbert: “I am here at the invitation of the chairwoman and if she would like me to remove myself from the hearing room I am happy to do so. I am only here at her invitation.”

In his testimony, Colbert suggested the U.S. consider offering more work visas to immigrants. Eluding that the immigrants will probably be doing the farm jobs either way.

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