Georgia's Ag. chief estimates millions in losses from immigration law

"The impact of Georgia's illegal immigration law approaches nearly $150 million in losses, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black testified Tuesday in Washington." WXIA-TV, Oct. 4, 2011 .

How Georgia’s Anti-Immigration Law Could Hurt the State’s (and the Nation’s) Economy

"What will the effects of Georgia’s anti-immigrant law be on the state? It is true that putting an exact figure on economic losses is difficult with the remarkable diversity of agricultural products, seasonal cycles, and size and sophistication of farming in Georgia. But we already...

Answer to immigration crisis? "Quit eating."

Crops are rotting in the fields because farmers can't find enough workers to harvest them. Even legal immigrants are not showing up for jobs at construction sites and poultry plants because, agriculture and industry officials say, they fear a hostile state climate. ... Smith said he has four...

Georgia Ag. Comm.: Congress must fix immigration system

"Congress must make a national guest worker program that's easier for farmers to use now that states including Georgia have passed laws targeting [unauthorized] immigrants that threaten possible labor shortages in the fields, Georgia's agriculture commissioner said Tuesday." ...