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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Full Episode | July 8, 2010 - Arturo Rodriguez | Colbert Report

Are you tired of “illegal immigrants” taking our jobs? Are you willing to work 10 hour days 7 days per week? In some states you will even get overtime after 10 hours! If you fit the bill, has a spot for you! Better yet, there are benefits!

Arturo Rodriguez, President of the United Farm Workers of America, says America must come to terms many people who pick crops are undocumented. He says the perception undocumented workers are taking jobs is a fallacy. Instead, few people are willing to step into the shoes of the poorest of the poor and toil in horrid conditions for long hours and short pay.

Full Episode July 8, 2010 - Arturo Rodriguez Colbert Report

Rodriguez puts his money where his mouth is. The United Farm Workers is offering any US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident the chance to take the job of an undocumented worker. Simply apply at and be ready to go to work!

“Farm workers are ready to welcome citizens and legal residents who wish to replace them in the field. We will use our knowledge and staff to help connect the unemployed with farm employers.”

If you can handle the hours and stay married then the qualifications are rudimentary:

“Job may include using hand tools such as knives, hoes, shovels Duties may include tilling the soil, transplanting, weeding, thinning, picking, cutting, sorting & packing of harvested produce. Work is performed outside in all weather conditions (Summertime 90+ degree weather) & is physically demanding requiring workers to bend, stoop, lift & carry up to 50 lbs on a regular basis.”

So far, only three people have applied. Arturo Rodriguez says that leaves states like Arizona in big trouble. Under the leadership of Republican Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona passed S.B. 1070, the toughest anti-immigration law in U.S. history. As a result, documented as well as undocumented workers are unwilling to work in that state.

If farmers are unable to recruit those who have “papers” it is time to make a quick trip to the store. Lettuce prices are going up!

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