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