Saturday, July 2, 2011

A failed 
experiment - TheHill.com

A failed 
experiment - TheHill.com

Three months ago, Georgia Republicans proudly passed House Bill 87, an Arizona-style anti-immigrant bill that, among other things, requires employers to use E-Verify to confirm the legal status of their employees.

Today, Georgia farmers (most of whom voted for those Republicans) are leaving hundreds of millions of dollars of crops rotting in the fields, unable to find the manpower to do the grueling work of harvesting in 100-plus-degree weather. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has even pushed unemployed criminal probationers out into the fields to little effect: The work is just too difficult.

Those rotting crops don’t just represent a blow to Georgia’s economy, particularly in economically fragile rural communities, but will also show up in marketplace prices, hitting consumers with higher food prices. Given the clear failure of this approach to immigration policy, how do national Republicans respond?

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