Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz dropped by the Colbert Report Monday night where he spent much of his appearance defending immigration reform.
“Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American,” Diaz said. “That’s just the truth of it.”
The author continued, drawing applause from the crowd when he said:
We have a whole bunch of young people and a whole bunch of families. Are we going to disrupt these families and tear them apart? Or are we going think, like, listen – these people are here. We’ve got to deal with this reality. We’ve got to extend the franchise. And we’ve got to start thinking of the country in a way of how do we pull folks together, not how do we attack them and afflict them.
Diaz sits on the board of Freedom University, a program that offers classes to undocumented immigrants, who are barred from attending public universities in Georgia.
Watch Junot Diaz’s appearance on the Colbert Report in the video above.