Stephen Colbert takes up the United Farm Workers challenge for ordinary Americans to Take Our Jobs, a campaign for people to actually go to the fields and do the work of migrants. Every member of Congress was invited to participate. So far, none have signed up for the offer.
From the Washington Post:
The UFW launched the campaign to counter claims that illegal immigrants are taking jobs from American workers -- with the argument that most people would never take these jobs. Colbert signed up to be one of the few who did -- for a day."Since we launched the "Take Our Jobs" more than three million people have visited our web site, www.takeourjobs.org. Of those visitors, 8,600 have expressed an interest in seeking employment as farm workers. Despite these numbers, only seven people have taken us up on the offer to take a job in agriculture," the UFW said in a press release.
And as postscript to Colbert's Immigrant for a Day stunt, he's now actually going to go before Congress this Friday to testify alongside Rodriguez before a subcommittee of the the House Judiciary Committee. Don't know whether to laugh or cry. Incidentally, working as a field worker was Colbert's second choice. His real dream immigrant job was to be Luchador.
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