Immigration & Justice

Colbert in Congress: The Press Corps is Unamused

Members of the Washington D.C. press watched as Stephen Colbert testified before a congressional committee on Friday morning—and tweeted madly about how Colbert “made a mockery of Congress.”

NOTE TO BELTWAY REPORTERS: Not to worry, Congress itself has a lock on the job of making a mockery of Congress. And a lot of y’all act as their assistants-in-chief as they do so.

In fact, Colbert actually had something serious to say if one bothered to listen. Then, if one missed it, he broke character and laid it out in an answer to a question from Congresswoman Judy Chu (but Huff Post’s Jason Linkins seems to have been the only person who noticed):

CONGRESSWOMAN JUDY CHU: Mr. Colbert, you could work on so many issues, why are you interested in this issue?

COLBERT: I like talking about people who don’t have any power. And this seems like some of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don’t have any rights as a result. And yet we still invite them to come here, and at the same time ask them to leave. And, you know, whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, these seem like the least of our brothers, right now. And I know that a lot of people are the least of my brothers because the economy is so hard, and I don’t want to take anyone’s hardship away from them or diminish it or anything like that, but migrant workers suffer, and they have no rights.”

Happy Friday.


  • I dunno, I thought this was pretty funny:

    “This is America,” Colbert continued. “I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American. Then sliced by Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”

    And who knew the press corp could be so stuffy (tongue in cheek). David Corn?!?

  • Colbert is a funny guy and this was blown way out of proiportion but let’s say there was 100% workplace enforcement of our immigration laws, you liberals would bitch long and loud about how unjust that is. This would stop the “ivite policy” Colbert spoke on but lefties would still find some reason to keep the borders open.

    It’s all posturing and nothing else.

  • Whew! For a minute there I thought we’d gone a lot more crazily digital than I though possible and that employers were sending “Evites” to potential migrant farm workers.

    Glad you straightened that out!

  • It was Republicans who wanted the open borders in the first place. Look up Ronald Reagan and where he stood on amnesty. The problem with the immigration debate is that too many people base their views on fear and hatred as opposed to economic reality and history. If you weren’t up in arms when Reagan pushed for amnesty, yet are angry about immigration today? You’re either uniformed, or using fake outrage to promote a political agenda.

  • The crime that illegal immigrants bring, the oost of educating them (many who could care less about one and do nothing to show they care for this country), the cost of their care and the simple fact that many are attempting to turn this country into the ones they’ve fled is enough for me to realize the border should be closed.

    Uninformed ny ass, I’ve dealt with the illegal alien problem for years up close and personal so instead of acting like because you have a different opinion you’re more educated on the subject come on down off your pedestal and pretend you’re no different than any other person.

    The arrogance of liberals is sickening.

  • By the way, I’m way to “informed” to put out bigoted notions like some do that every illegal alien is involved in crime or disavow that many come here for anything more than to work and have a better life. It’s so easy for the ignorant though to pull the race card out every time someone like me points out the facts on costs to this nation that’s the result of illegal immigration that takes from places the money could be better spent.

  • “By the way, I’m way to “informed” to put out bigoted notions like some do that every illegal alien is involved in crime ”

    You are? Funny, what was this statement then?

    “The crime that illegal immigrants bring”

  • Am I not supposed to notice the irony in someone degrading an entire nationality of immigrants and then calling others “arrogant”?

  • I think the discussion as to the cost of services for illegal immigrants is a cop out. An intellectually honest discussion on cost of services for illegals would have to examine the cost of all other government services and functions, as well, and it would have to start with the biggest expenses first, and work its way down to the smaller expenses. Every stone would have to be unturned and we’d have to see where every dime is going. How much is being spent on services for illegals compared to, say, the corporate bailouts of the past couple of years? A discussion about government spending should be about just that, and focus on the biggest spending first, not take a quantum leap to programs and services far down the list where amount of money being spent is concerned. Just seems dishonest. A discussion about immigration should be about immigration, not money. Why do you believe immigration laws should stay as they are? Do you even know the origins of our current immigration laws? Why are so many willing to overturn the “anchor baby” law but not other immigration laws? Seems some immigration laws are up for debate amongst people who are conservative on immigration, yet some aren’t. Isn’t that hypocritical?

  • That’s why I posted the second part Kevin, to clear that up. Learn to understand what you read. Libearls are the biggest liars on the planet, they try to pick and choose a sentence to tar and feather anyone who doesn’t buy their elitist b.s. Kevin starts it and Scripot follows it up.

    To say that complaining about the costs is a cop out while the nation goes broke is 4th grade logic, nice try. To say it has to be comapred to other government costs is apples and orangers, there’s no reason to compare, it’s just an excuse to try to find a point, non-existent as it is, you can take a stance on.

    I’m not anti-imigration, I’m anti illegal-immigration but I’m not totally against a worker program with limitations,but the costs of illegal-immigration when you add them “all” up are staggering. My son-in-law is a counselor at a high school that’s 98% Hispanic and the school has to have interpeters for him to talk to, not ony almost all parents he has to confer with but lots of students who feel more “comfortable” with their own language. The costs reach far and wide and if you can’t accept them as being better spent on social programs that have been axed in many areas you truly don’t care much about them, right?

    I don’t need anyone explaining to me the current immigration laws or money spent unless they want to travel back in time to the floor debates of when the issue was first brought up.

  • Jesus – I haven’t read the comments here in a while. Now I know that’s a smart move.

    l”et’s say there was 100% workplace enforcement of our immigration laws, you liberals would bitch long and loud about how unjust that is.”

    I’ve been advocating stringent workplace enforcement – via an electronic social security card, which could have been put in place years ago if anyone actually gave a shit and wasn’t pandering and/or exploiting resentments – of any significant labor markets that payroll employees for years.

    Which of course makes a certain angry commenter here “one of the biggest liars…” etc, etc.

    So glad I’ve not been exposed to this horseshit in recent months … I’m leaving now, so no need to implode, Mr. “Been There” Bullshit Factory Whose Head Is Always About to Explode.

  • Anyone else find it interesting that this is the first time Sure Fire brings up a son in law who works at a school that is 98% Latino, and up to its neck in services to immigrants? How could he have bottled that tid bit up for so long, considering how strongly he feels about this issue? LOL.

  • I actually agreed with you on that Reg but since I was talking in a general kind of way about liberals thanks for stopping by and showing your head stills remains firmly up your ass. No wonder you ran from here, you never had any game and still don’t.

    I’ve actually mentioned that before Rob, go do some research on the issue and then see if I’m not right about the interpeters as well. It was nice of your dad to visit.

  • BTW, I recall you saying once that you only had one kid, a son. Now you’re talking about a son “in law”? Wow. What does the rest of the force think of your son’s lifestyle?

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