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No joke. Stephen Colbert will testify Friday on Capitol Hill at an immigration hearing on the subject of "Protecting America's Harvest."

A Republican source told The Daily Caller that the Comedy Central host will be appearing before a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee "in character," as the pompous, right-wing pundit he portrays on "The Colbert Report."

But a committee spokesperson said the hearing would discuss a "serious issue," and that it "is not a TV stunt."

Also testifying will be United Farm Workers President Artuoro Rodriguez, who appeared earlier this year on Colbert's program to promote the group's "Take Our Jobs" campaign. Rodriguez said Americans who believe farm jobs are being lost to illegal immigrants should apply for the work themselves. Colbert took him up on the offer and worked briefly at a vegetable farm in upstate New York.

Sources told The Daily Caller that the plan for Colbert to testify came out of his experience doing farm work.

Last week Colbert and fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart announced they would hold "competing" rallies on the mall in Washington Oct. 30. Colbert's rally will be called "The March to Keep Fear Alive," the goal of which is to combat "creeping reasonableness."

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mary

beeshor..........you have no clue. i invite you to spend a year in Phoenix. you will see a war worth waging. the border war.

September 24 2010 at 11:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
EagleheartXD

Attaboy, Colbert. Remind these people that without illegal immigration there wouldn't have been a Civil Rights movement. So many people are so quick to forget that.

September 23 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
evnsaffl

Seeing as Colbert is not the least bit funny, he will be fine in this role.

September 23 2010 at 4:13 PM Report abuse -12 rate up rate down Reply
rneu323399

And you wonder why we are messed up! No wonder nothing gets done.

September 23 2010 at 4:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dkobyinc

Steven Colbert?? no wonder there is a Tea Party movement. On immigration: Look, if there is a whole in the dam(border) and water is streaming through that is not suppose to be(illegals), then no matter how many mops and buckets or ways to control the water you buy or invent, the hole in the dam has to be fixed. No amount of mops and buckets will stop the flow. You have to fix the dam.

September 23 2010 at 4:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
border72

a tongue in cheek comedian is gonna testify before a cngressional committee? colbert has a funny show. thats as fsr as it goes.

September 23 2010 at 3:45 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
cleanfreaks2

does anyone have any idea of what time it starts - need to buy train tickets, but don't know when it is? Anyone?

September 23 2010 at 3:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Robert Boshears

I don't think the farm worker is taking advantage of the US worker situation or the economic system... it is the family of the farm worker, (wife, kids, kids, kids, kids) using free medical, food stamps and free housing. Cesar Chaves was one of the worst things that could have happened to this country, by helping farm workers get unemployment... thereby keeping the farm workers here in the US, and not going back to Mexico when the farm season was over.

September 23 2010 at 3:19 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
tntonys

at least we have expert testimony

September 23 2010 at 2:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
beeshor

The whole illegal immigration issue is being blown waaaay out of proportion. Studies have shown that illegal immigration is actually down considerably from past years. Yet, there is this hue and cry as if we're being overrun. Is it a problem? Yes. But we have much bigger problems like being in the middle of what seems to be an endless war and just recently closing down a war that we had no business waging in the 1st place. Then, to top it off, we have a military empire all over the globe that is proving too costly to maintain. We need to address those issues before we worry about illegals.

September 23 2010 at 2:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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jemccjr

Because?

September 23 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

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