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[cheers and applause] >> jon: that's our show.
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here it is our your moment of sen. >> these falling temperatures can be tough on drivers taofpl. >> they're coming down here. there goes another one, oh gosh! slow the heck down, people.comel captioned by media access group at wgbh (eagle caw) captioning sponsored by comedy central >> stephen: tonight, obama goes it alone on immigration because there are no other democrats left in washington. then a victory in class warfare -- you will never guess which 1% came out on top. and my guest, eva longoria, is here with a new documentary about low-wage farm workers. or as i call them, lettuce interns. joseé canseco is selling his amputated finger on ebay because, thanks to steroids, he's already grown a new one. this is "the colbert report." (cheers and applause) ♪
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(eagle caw) (cheers and applause) >> stephen: hey, everybody! welcome to "the report." (audience chanting "stephen") thank you for joining us. (cheers and applause) we've got to do this first. thanks so much for being here, everybody. the show will start in just one minute. the show will start in just one minute. i'm sure if you're watching this, you know a big freeze is moving in all over the country. i'm just putting down some salt. don't need a lawsuit on my hands. and -- some pepper.
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(cheers and applause) 'cuz the weather outside is frightful. >> 200 million americans are in the middle of the cold snap today. >> 50% of the country blanketed in snow. >> this minnesota lake turned to solid ice -- a rare pre-thanksgiving deep freeze. >> freezing temperatures in all 50 states. >> stephen: all 50. even hawaii -- where aloha now means "hello," "goodbye," and "my nipples could slice pineapple ." and do not confuse this cold snap with last year's polar vortex. it's completely different. >> the record-breaking polar plunge. >> polar plunge. >> stephen: polar plunge, which is not just a rockin' new flavor of capri sun.
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no, it's something even better -- a reason to ignore global warming. >> while the president focuses on global warming, more brutally cold weather is hitting across much of the country again today. >> the prevailing sentiment is we've got to fight global warming. we're freezing. we have record cold. we're not in global warming. just fix it in your mind, folks. >> stephen: he's right. when it comes to global warming, fix it in your mind. 'cuz we're not going to fix it in realty. (cheers and applause) >> stephen: it is well known barack obama has been violating the constitution for years. well, now he wants to roll it up, stuff it with rice and beans, and top it with picante sauce. >> a source tells fox news as early as next week, president obama is planning to announce a ten-part plan to overhaul immigration policy through executive action. >> president obama vowing to go it alone on immigration.
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>> he plans to pass executive action immigration amnesty just by himself, without congress. >> stephen: yeah, how dare he take executive action to address immigration, by himself? he should be working with congress, to do nothing, together. even worse, the rumor is he's going to overhaul the immigration system through fiat. fiat? if anything goes wrong -- you have to order new parts from italy. and just listen to what's in obama's plan. it would "protect up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide many of them with work permits. they get to stay and receive work permits! now they're coming for the jobs they already have! the whole plan cheapens what it means to be an american... because "the department of homeland security would take
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50% off the fee for the first 10,000 applicants." 50% off. obama's tossing american citizenship in the bargain bin with the stale halloween candy and unbagged underwear. plus, obama's going to "expand visas for foreign-born workers with high-tech skills." why foreigners? americans already have plenty of high-tech skills. like operating an iphone to contact a call center in india. well, thank god this plan leaked! because now congressional republicans can stop it. >> we're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path. this is the wrong way to govern. our goal here is to stop the president from violating his own oath of office and violating the constitution. it's not to shut down the government. we are looking at all options. they are on the table. >> stephen: you hear that, obama?
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all options are on the table! lawsuits, impeachment, government shutdowns, boots on the ground, passive-aggressive notes on the fridge. but mostly, we're talking about cash. >> if the president is going to try to usurp our authority in congress, i think we need to bite back and not give him the funds to do that. >> we will use the power of the purse to try to push back against his overactive bureaucracy. >> they should handle it through defunding what they can defund -- keeping back money from areas where he needs money to carry out these illegal actions. >> stephen: yes, the president is refusing to deport these illegals, so we must cut the funding to pay the immigration officers he won't need to not deport them. it's like when i was a kid and i refused to rake the yard, so as a punishment my parents wouldn't buy me a rake.
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really taught me a lesson. to this day, i don't rake my yard. i pay luis to do it. i assume he's a citizen. i don't know. he doesn't speak english. and i pay him in cash. but how does the latino community feel? to find out what the grande hispana-chinos think of all this, i turn one last time to my mexican colleague, esteban colberto! >> hola, stephen! bienvenidos a lacolberto reporto gigante! >> stephen: esteban, thank you for joining us. it is bittersweet the know that we are ending both of our shows. >> si, es triste. chicas, chicas. es triste.
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>> stephen: so, my friend, everybody down in your neck of the desert must be thrilled with obama. >> president obama? si se puede. desconfiar de el. el lo ha prometido antes, la verdad es en el guacamole. >> stephen: so will this make latinos vote for democrats? >> no, votaran democrata porque los republicanos han estado pollas tan grandes. nos llaman ilegales con soleos como melones, que parimos bebes anclas para robar beneficios sociales. >> stephen: yes, but what they're trying to say is -- >> lo peor, dicen que nos gusta a ted cruz. sabes a quien le gusta a ted cruz? solo ted cruz. >> stephen: but if this plan goes into effect, will you be taking obama's immigrant handout?
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>> o si. estoy solicitando una visa "hi tech" con mi maestria de ingenieria quimica. >> stephen: you can get those in mexico? >> si. but i got mine from penn state. >> stephen: what the (bleep)?! esteban, you speak english?! >> yes. >> stephen: then why did you make me subtitle you for nine years? >> como dicen los americanos, para "mierdas y risitas." >> stephen: so this means you're coming to the united states? >> tal vez. pienso que me voy a china. shanghai shien zai hen hong, yo! >> stephen: well, wherever you go, i'll miss you.
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>> me echaras de menos? o mis chicas?!!! adioós muchachos! >> stephen: esteban colberto, everyone! >> regresamos pronto. (music) hey slick, it's me! i'm a darwinist, brother, alright? some prosper... enjoy the picture, everyone! ...and some struggle. (music) (tires screech) (grunt) i thought you said you wasn't gonna hit me. (music) we had a deal! we had paperwork! une. deux. trois. my daddy was not nice to me! (traffic sounds) (gun clicks)
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of course, by the time i got it, my toyug plov was super-dry. so, yeah, i know what it's like out there. and though i support congress' $800 million cut to our food stamp program that obama signed this year, i'm not a monster. i wouldn't want any legitimately hungry person to starve. my heart goes out to society's truly underprivileged -- your loveable shoe shine boys, your photogenic waifs, your pie-crazed hobos. that's why i was so happy to learn about a trend that's turning one man's trash into another man's edible trash. >> salvage stores like this one specialize in selling expired foods at greatly reduced prices. 75% of the grocery items sold here have "best by" or "used by" dates that have already expired. damaged, dented, dated or discounted products that grocery stores won't sell, letting consumers get cuh-razy discounts. >> stephen: yes, cuh-razy discounts, so poor families can get suh-hubsistence nutrition. that's why i'm giving a tip of the hat to salvage stores for showing the "least" we can do
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for the hungry is less than any of us thought. sure, it might seem sad to eat things that are expired or damaged, but this is america -- if you work hard and play by the rules, you will eventually earn the dignity of an intact box of triscuits. and don't think of it as eating discarded food. those spaghettios are just being served al-dented. they're perfectly "probably" safe. so you're welcome, america's hungry. because this is as good as it's gonna get. we just voted in the people who want "more" cuts. to these guys, expired prunes isn't a dangerous food product -- it's their voter base. next up, nation, you will recall that last night i finally made my peace with bear kind by getting me a piece of bear kind. he tasted like peppermint and
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old salmon. so i was saddened to hear that voters in maine have passed a ballot initiative preserving their right to hunt black bears with day-old jelly doughnut, chocolate cupcakes, twinkies and white bread. that's right. in maine, you can hunt bears using expired twinkies. though it means you will have to wait 300 years. folks, this is deplorable and cruel to my new bear friend. if you lure a bear with a bear claw, you're tempting him into cannibalism! so i'm giving a wag of the finger to maine for allowing the hunters to kill bears using junk food. beware bears! ask not for whom the ding dongs, it dongs for thee. besides, there are people who could use that food. forget going to the salvage stores, hungry americans. maine's just giving away jelly donuts in the woods!
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>> stephen: wack wack! my guest tonight has a new documentary about low-wage farm
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workers in florida. what a cruel life -- they have to live in florida. please welcome eva longoria. (cheers and applause) thank you so much for being here. what a pleasure. i see you brought a vegetable to hurl at me. what if we here? >> it's a fair food tomato from florida. >> stephen: okay. a fair food tomato. you are an activist. you were named the philanthropist of the year. >> yeah. >> stephen: why are you philanthoping up stead of being a celebrity. country doesn't this take away from your red carpet time? >> yes, but it's for a good cause. the release of a document ricalled "food chains" is coming out, and it's about the exploitation of labor in our farms in america. >> stephen: and you produced this? >> i produced the documentary. i thought you meant the tomato.
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>> stephen: no. no, i produced the documentary about farm workers. this is specifically about tomatoes and florida. >> stephen: how do i know you actually care about farm workers? because you're an actress and, no offense, actors and actresses get paid to lie for a living. >> yeah. >> stephen: to look like they they cared about things. i do think you cared about those other women on wisteria lane? i really don't. but when i watched the show, i was scared, cried. your joyce were mine. you know. >> yeah. >> stephen: so why do you care about these workers? they have jobs. a lot of people who don't have jobs. what are the conditions of the people who pick our tomatoes work under that you think should be changed? >> i care because i eat food, and you eat food, we all eat food and we should really care about where our food comes from. there's never been a grater interest in what we free. we're gluten free, soy free,
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lactose free, but we don't think about the human cost behind where our food comes from. what we are showing in the documentary, it's an amazing documentary about what is being done in florida with tomatoes specifically, and it's called the fair food program. these workers formed a coalition that came up with an amazing program that not only raises wages but stops abuse in the field, everything from physical abuse, sexual harassment and does an audit compliance to make sure all the farmers are applying this particular fair food program to their crops and they're doing it amazingly well. >> stephen: so these workers in amoclee, florida, are getting paid 1 penny a pound to pick tomatoes right now. >> yeah. >> stephen: how much do you think they should be paid per pound? >> what the fair food program does is ask consumers and the largest buyers of produce --
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supermarkets and fast-food chains -- to pay a penny more a pound and that doubles their wages. >> stephen: so 2 pennies a pound. >> yeah, to 2 pennies per pound. >> stephen: you realize that you still kind of sound like a monster. all 2 pennies a pound longoria, they would call you. >> it would change your life by 44 cents a year and you literally double the wages of these farm workers. >> stephen: you've gotten mcdonald's, burger king, subway, chipotle, all these fast-food chains to get on board with the fair food program (applause) is the issue we should buy less fresh food and more fast food as americans to help these people? >> no, no, no. you need to eat healthy. one of the main points of the documentary is the c.i.w.,
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coalition of immokalee workers, and anybody who has come to the table have signed on to the fair food program except wean wendy'n the fast food area (booing) but supermarkets, some, are on board. whole foods. this tomato is from whole foods, so we know it's a fair food tomato. >> stephen: meaning this is like a $40 tomato. >> exactly. let me tell you, so the workers make a penny per pound. this tomato is 2.03. so you look at the difference of the people doing the work. wal-mart is the one that will not come to the table, will not talk to the c.i.w. about the fair food program.
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>> stephen: well, maybe it's because you guys scare people with your tactics. >> right. >> stephen: i'll show you an example. jim, can you put up the poster? that is socialist propaganda. that might as well be mau picking the tomatoes. this doesn't seem like workers of the world unite to you? >> no, it doesn't. >> stephen: it doe it doesn't? this is an interesting photo. i don't know if you see the bucket. it's overfilled. the c.i.w. stopped that as well because they'll make the workers snow cone the buckets, so they're actually picking almost a bucket and a third and not getting paid for it. so we've stopped that as well and, you know, this is how they carry. they carry about 40,000 pounds a day on their backs, and they're not asking for workers -- farm workers are not asking for a crazy amount of pay, they're asking to be paid for the work they're doing. >> stephen: my other issue is
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you're asking me to think about where my food comes from. >> yeah. >> stephen: and i don't want to think about that. a lot of it comes from dirt, okay? and it's there a lot longer than the 5-second rule. >> yeah. >> stephen: why must i think about where my food comes from? it comes from the kitchen. >> it does not. >> stephen: it does not? it does not come from the kitchen. america has a history of exploiting labor. when we created the fair labor standards act which protects workers, it excluded agriculture. the 40-hour work week, vacation, minimum-wage, excludes agriculture. >> stephen: child labor. you were in the field, you know how hard it was. >> stephen: i worked an entire day. >> no, no. i think you worked three hours. >> stephen: well, listen, that is a workday for me. (laughter) eva longoria, thank you so much! eva longoria, "food chains," the
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