Thursday, June 24, 2010

Immigrant farm workers' challenge: Take our jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- In a tongue-in-cheek call for immigration reform, farm workers are teaming up with comedian Stephen Colbert to challenge unemployed Americans: Come on, take our jobs.

Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers, says workers are tired of being blamed for taking American jobs.

Now the group is challenging the nation's unemployed citizens to apply for the some of the thousands of agricultural jobs posted with state agencies. The group says applicants can fill out an online form and they will be trained and connected to farms.

According to the Labor Department, more than half the nation's farm workers are illegal immigrants.

To drive the point home, Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" plans to feature the "Take Our Jobs" campaign on July 8.


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