Immigrant Farm Workers Ask Americans to Take Their Jobs... Please

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

It’s perhaps the most common complaint levied against illegal immigrants – they are stealing American jobs and bringing down the economy. Now, the United Farm Workers of America is teaming up with "The Colbert Report" to offer farm worker jobs to any American who wants to take them. The organization is encouraging any unemployed Americans, Washington pundits and anti-immigrant activists to sign up for the Take Our Jobs campaign. They say that if you’re okay with long days under the hot sun, small paychecks, no overtime or workers compensation, they will happily train and set up Americans with farm jobs.

The goal of the campaign is to remind Washington that we need immigration reform.  Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers of America, explains the campaign and why they partnered with Colbert.

Guests:

Arturo Rodriguez

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [5]

wanda velez from Jacksonville Fl

Rick is true what you said but the inmigrant people that work in the healthcare center is peoples that they look for them in other countries because in United State doesn't have enough health care workers for the population the hotel get inmigrant because if you or me go over there they have to pay more they working for less money and when you eat a tomatoes or any agriculture product just think who is doing that and why you don't have to pay so much money for that always remember the big advance that is in United State is because of the immigrant and if you read the history the only real citizen that is in United State is Indians all of the peoples are inmigrant too read

Jul. 11 2010 12:25 PM
Jorge Chango from Orlando Florida

Let's see these spoil americans that are unemployed drive a cab, clean an office and clean elderly fecal waste as these ilegal health care workers do and to pick oranges under the hot sun. Rick Evans you are so bright that I am going to put on my shades.

Jul. 11 2010 11:01 AM
LH from DC

Wish someone else could see the irony in this. Farmers are pushing the immigration agenda - which is great - but they continue to insist on subsidizing agriculture. Which effectively stifles the ability of those same farmers to work for themselves in their own country. Not quite fair.

Jul. 08 2010 12:12 AM
James

Immigration Debate ...... LMAO .......
please start putting News Related to Immigration Debate in the Entertainment section . Every time I hear or watch, its beginning to look like a Soap Opera .... too much of drama and no action at all . So to those who want to really do something STOP the foreplay and go hit the Spot .

Jul. 07 2010 10:48 PM
Rick Evans from Taxachusetts

Hey Celeste, nice gimmick interview.

However, the bulk of illegal immigrants are not working on farms. And, the bulk of illegal immigrants are not falling all over themselves to take those ag jobs. New York City has about a million illegal immigrants where there are no farms of any significant size. When health care workers, hotel workers, cab drivers and office cleaners (including the ones the clean WNYC offices) offer to give their jobs to unemployed Americans you'll have a story.

Jul. 07 2010 06:56 AM

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