Farmers and Immigration Complaints in Georgia

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- Weeks after Georgia enacted a tough law targeting
illegal immigrants, it remains to be seen if recent complaints about farm labor shortages represent a wider problem.

Fruit and vegetable growers blame the new law for spooking migrant farm workers -- including many illegal immigrants -- from Georgia. The law authorizes police to ask about a suspect's immigration status in some situations. It will force growers to eventually use a federal database to verify that new hires are legal workers.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is surveying farmers
to find out if they face labor shortages. He'll report his findings to the governor by Friday.

One U.S. agency no longer tracks farm worker data. Another conducts too few surveys in Georgia to draw state-specific results. The state labor department also lacks comprehensive figures.


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  • by jonie Location: moultrie on Jun 8, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    oh come on, a survey to see if there is a shortage. of course there is. the immigrants are leaving due to the NEW law. and americans will never do this work these farmers need. no matter the pay. anyone who knows the farming buisness knows this. and anyone who knows americans, know their not gonna get out there and bust their butts like these people do. hispanic men and women are goin to do thier job w/o complaining. and they will give it their all no matter what the weather, the day, or time. they r hard workers, everyone knows this. we will see next yr when we have to pay more for fruits and veggies, or maybe not even have any.
  • by Surly Location: Grrr on Jun 6, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    Pity the American farmer. He and/or she has way more enemies than Al Capone ever did...
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