Colbert Teams Up With United Farm Workers Of America In Support Of Immigration

stephen colbert1

Stephen Colbert has a new job — farm worker.

A tongue-in-cheek offer — maybe.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: 'The Daily Show' Crew

But the host of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" teamed up Thursday night with Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers of America, in a challenge to unemployed Americans: Come on, take our jobs.

The union has been asking Americans to fill out an online form under the banner "I want to be a farm worker" at

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Celebs Who Give Back

Rodriguez says that so far just three have responded and were in the fields.

"Make that four," the comedian replied emphatically.

The U.S. Labor Department says more than half of farm workers are illegal immigrants. The UFW argues they're not taking jobs from Americans because most don't want the work.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Bono: Activist, Humanitarian, Rock Star

Proponents of tougher immigration laws respond that the problem with the UFW's proposition is that growers don't want to raise wages and improve working conditions enough to attract Americans.

Copyright 2010 by Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: The Latest Star Sightings

Related Content from

PLAY IT NOW: Give Hope To Children On World AIDS Orphan's Day
PLAY IT NOW: Maria Menounos Takes On The 'Entourage'

More from Access: [ Stephen Colbert TV Media ]

Copyright NBCAH - Access Hollywood
Contact Us