May 27, 2011

Immigration Crackdown - Georgia: Governor asks state to probe farm labor shortages  |

Great! After he signs a law cracking down on immigrant labor, the governor of Georgia decides to look into the impact on the harvesting of crops now ready in the fields. See companion post: 
Georgia Farmers Blame Immigration Law For Lack Of Workers
Governor asks state to probe farm labor shortages | "State officials confirmed Friday that they have started investigating the scope of Georgia’s agricultural labor shortages following complaints that the state’s new immigration enforcement law is scaring away migrant farmworkers. ...

The labor shortages have sent farmers scrambling to find other workers for their fall harvests. Others are making hard choices about leaving some fruits and vegetables to wilt on their fields...

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association has estimated the labor shortages afflicting South Georgia counties could put as much as $300 million in crops at risk. "

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