Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Colbert's reminder: Immigration a moral issue -

Colbert's reminder: Immigration a moral issue -

Comedian Stephen Colbert used his signature humor last week to focus the nation's attention on a very serious issue: the treatment of the hardworking people who produce our nation's food supply.

Some members of Congress complained that Colbert's testimony before the House Immigration Subcommittee was undignified; others took issue with his invocation of Christian values.

Colbert's deadpan humor may have been slightly irreverent, but he did the country a service by highlighting congressional inaction on immigration reform and pointedly referencing the issue's moral dimension. Responding to a question from California Democratic Rep. Judy Chu about his interest in migrant workers, Colbert became uncharacteristically serious , even invoking the words of Jesus, who said that "whatsoever you did for the least of my brothers, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:40).

The only reason farmers can't find American workers to do the jobs is that Americans won't do it for slaves' wages, no benefits, and in slaves' conditions. Pay fair wages, provide benefits, and provide reasonable conditions and Americans will flock to fill these jobs. Claiming there aren't Americans... more

Everyone rallying behind Mr. Colbert seems to be glossing over a major fact of the issue. The same way government has overlooked the core of this crisis all along. It is the lack of appropriate wages that are at the heart of this problem. Thwarting laws that require minimum wages to be paid out for ... more

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