Immigration law worries farmers about labor shortages
June 15th, 2011
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With Georgia's new law cracking down on illegal immigration only weeks away from going into effect, the state's governor proposed a new solution Tuesday for growers worried about labor shortages: hiring people on criminal probation.

Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement Tuesday that he had asked the state's agriculture and corrections commissioners to connect unemployed probationers with farm jobs.

"I believe this would be a great partial solution to our current status as we continue to move towards sustainable results with the legal options available," he said.

Deal outlined results from a recent survey indicating there were more than 11,000 positions available on Georgia farms. Growers in Georgia have expressed concerns about labor shortages since Deal signed a law last month aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.

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  1. miquel

    Strange that those Georgia farmers are not saying that when an illegal worker falls sick;
    he transports him/her to the emergency room? This could be the same crisis that would hit Utah,
    if the Guest Worker program materialized in the Mormon State? That means his liability
    to the sick/injured Guest Worker is void and becomes the financial burden of the US taxpayer
    whilst the hospital passes on the fee. Then we have the children of the agricultural workers
    who taxpayers are forced by the judiciary to support their education. Then under the 14th amendment
    a female when a baby is born becomes an instant citizen collecting cash payments,
    food stamps low income housing and free natal care. All this cost is assumed from your taxes
    and is in the hundreds of billions a year. Outside of farm workers are the economic illegal
    aliens who come here to have their babies, and place an unimaginable strain on our schooling system.
    But this is just part of the layers upon layers of foreigners, who are indirectly stealing tax
    payer’s money.

    Another great fraudulent game is illegal nationals, paying nothing into the tax system,
    but collecting up to $5,600 dollars per household. More than one in four immigrant households
    received the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 2009—nearly twice the 13.2 percent rate
    of households headed by Native Americans. And since immigrant households are larger
    (primarily because of higher fertility rate), their EITC payments are larger
    than those received by citizens and naturalized citizen households.
    “The Earned Income Tax Credit and Illegal Immigration:
    A Study in Fraud, Abuse, and Liberal Activism”, by financial analyst and
    economist Edwin Rubenstein. This is not a myth, but fact about the
    Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest anti-poverty program in the United States,
    which is the “most illegal-immigrant friendly,” explains Edwin Rubenstein, author of the new report.”

    In 2007, more than 23 million households received more than $47 billion in the EITC payments.”
    He Rubenstein said “between one-quarter to one-third of all EITC claims are
    ‘improperly paid’ according to the General Accounting Office. The EITC – like most of the tax code,
    operates on the honor system. The U.S. Congress allows and supports one of the most fraudulent
    taxpayer misuse schemes ever conceived within the Federal Government. It’s time the administration
    eradicated this program, allowing millions of aliens who entered American soil, while draining
    billions out of the United States Treasury. Tax relief” goes to people who never paid a cent in taxes,
    and may have already defrauded the government of huge sums each year. Bring this abuse to the attention
    of your Federal, State politicians about this fraud which illegal aliens are stealing from you.
    Expenditures of more than $55 billion per year, is a combination
    of EITC spending that is associated with traditional welfare programs.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm |


    June 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Dick Hertz

      Criminals? Which ones? The Illegals or the ones hiring them? You and your fellow Latinos can snort my shorts.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  3. Dick Hertz

    Can't shoot that Mexican in the picture. That'd be hunting over a baited field.

    June 16, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  4. grr

    This is a marginal short-term idea. What Georgia needs to do is offer an X-prize to Americans that come up with automated solutions for these jobs. In order to compete in the rest of the world, we will need to lower our labor and energy costs. In addition, the equipment must be made here, or we will have much higher costs than elsewhere.

    So, Georgia gov. here is your chance to turn an issue into a revenue making idea.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  5. Dick Hertz

    Let them use their Govt. subsidy money to hire new workers or lose it. We're getting raked over the coals on everything we eat. Where's all the ethanol that the corn is going to. Anyone who knowingly + willingly hires Illegals is a Traitor anyway.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  6. American

    And is the hiring of legal American citizens so farfetched?

    June 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Dawson

      That's a fair question. The problem is the cost. Unless more Americans become willing to work with their hands for $6/hr, without benefits, and at the mercy of the weather, the U.S. will have to start importing more food. That means higher food prices, and higher trade deficit.

      June 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
      • Dick Hertz

        Importing more? You mean exporting less. Got to have the greed margin.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:07 am |
      • Alex

        no Dick, you read it right the first time. IMPORT MORE, the US doesnt have much to export that other countries already grow for themselves.

        June 16, 2011 at 2:29 am |
      • Alex

        dont already*

        June 16, 2011 at 2:29 am |
      • varone

        Not true, Alex! You should research that statement. I am sure you would be surprised about the amount of wheat we grow and export, amongst other things!

        June 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
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