Ga’s farm-labor crisis playing out as planned | Jay Bookman

Georgia has a bit of a labour shortage since passing an anti-illegal immigrant law this year:

After enacting House Bill 87, a law designed to drive illegal immigrants out of Georgia, state officials appear shocked to discover that HB 87 is, well, driving a lot of illegal immigrants out of Georgia.

It might be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

Thanks to the resulting labor shortage, Georgia farmers have been forced to leave millions of dollars’ worth of blueberries, onions, melons and other crops unharvested and rotting in the fields. It has also put state officials into something of a panic at the damage they’ve done to Georgia’s largest industry.

The article points out that migrants work for wages that no American would endure.

6,300 of the jobs left  vacant pay between $7.25 to $8.99 per hour at 40 hours per week (officially). No benefits. No health.

So they tried to get state residents out on probation to do the jobs. Not happening.

 

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