Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rotting In the Fields

Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a tough new immigration bill last month. Now the consequences are coming — literally — to fruition.

Gov. Nathan Deal is asking for an expedited report on how the crackdown on illegal immigration enacted by the General Assembly this spring is affecting Georgia agriculture.

Farmers have complained in recent weeks that their crops are rotting in the fields and orchards because migrant workers afraid of deportation are bypassing Georgia in droves, even though the law doesn’t take effect until July 1.

Deal, who signed the legislation last month and has been a strong supporter of immigration reform, said he wants to get beyond anecdotal evidence and look at actual numbers.

I feel bad for the farmers, but not too much because chances are many of them voted for Gov. Deal and supported this kind of immigration “reform” in the abstract… until they figured out that the crops weren’t going to pick themselves.

I have no idea how the Republicans will do it, but I do know that they will figure out a way to blame this on President Obama.

HT to BooMan.