Friday, December 9, 2011

AFP: Alabama farmers look to replace migrants with prisoners

AFP: Alabama farmers look to replace migrants with prisoners

Alabama farmers have proposed using prisoners to work their fields to replace migrants who fled the state after it passed the country's harshest anti-immigration law, officials said Tuesday.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry officials met Tuesday in Mobile with farmers to discuss their proposal, a spokeswoman for the department told AFP.

"The suggestion to use prisoners who are eligible for work release programs was made as a way to help farmers fill the gap and find sufficient labor," said Amy Belcher.

A statement by the department said the meeting with the farmers was convened "to help solve the chronic labor shortages created by Alabama's new immigration law."

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