Yesterday it was announced that TV personality Stephen Colbert would testify before Congress today in the House immigration subcommittee. The announcement came only days after both his and Stewart’s plans to host competing rallies in Washington, D.C. Various sources indicated that Colbert would appear in his Colbert Report character, although a spokeswoman for the House Judiciary Committee denied this, saying it is “not a TV stunt,” the Daily Caller reports.
This morning before his testimony, Colbert tweeted, “There’s no good emoticon for testifying before Congress. This’ll have to do: [8^($) The $ represents the value of the truth I’ll be spewing.” That truth, says CNN, comes from Colbert’s recent experience with the “Take Our Jobs” program, launched by United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez. The program is designed to emphasize that illegal immigrant workers are not taking U.S. citizens’ jobs, as indicated by the mere seven citizens, Colbert included, who showed up for the challenge. In his pre-released opening statement, the comedian commented, “They say that you truly know a man after you’ve walked a mile in his shoes, and while I have nowhere near the hardships of these struggling immigrants, I have been granted a sliver of insight” (CNN).
Throughout today’s hearing, the Huffington Post will be live-blogging, and MSNBC has provided a live feed of the proceedings.
UPDATE: Live feed is over, dudes. But you can watch the recorded feed here.