There are enough new developments in this story to warrant it to be bumped and updated.
In Atlanta, a federal judge put a hold on parts of the GA anti-immigration bill.
“...In a 45-page ruling issued Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash(cq) preliminarily enjoined the state from enforcing two provisions in the law that were supposed to go in effect Friday.
One of those provisions would empower police to investigate the immigration status of suspects who they believe have committed state or federal crimes and who cannot produce identification, such as a driver’s license, or provide other information that could help police identify them. The other part would punish people who -– while committing another offense — knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants or encourage them to come here.
The judge said the civil and immigrant rights groups who are suing to block the law have shown they are likely to succeed with their arguments that these provisions are preempted by federal law. Republican state Attorney General Sam Olens(cq) issued a statement Monday, saying his office would appeal the judge’s decision on these two parts of the law.
Also Monday, Trash threw out several arguments from the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which include the American Civil Liberties Union and National Immigration Law Center. Among the arguments he dismissed were ones that say the new law violates people’s constitutional rights to travel and their protections against unlawful search and seizure….”
In South Carolina, the Glam Girl Governor of the GOP will soon be signing one of those hate bills, herself.
“…Connie Bullard is just one of many across South Carolina who’s concerned about Senate Bill 20 becoming law. “Just by looking at me, a police officer could stop me but once I say something with my strong accent yes, it will trigger the officer to ask me for my documentation,” says Connie Bullard, SC Hispanic Leadership Council. Bullard says she was born in America. “They would make me feel very uncomfortable to go through all this paperwork they might ask me for,” says Bullard. Under a provision in SB 20, a law enforcement officer has the right to verify a person’s immigration status if they’re stopped, detained or arrested for any reason. It also mandates that businesses use E-Verify as a way to check the legality of their workers.
“From a business stand point, I’m a business man and the e-verify is every easy to do. You go to the computer enter the information and have people check in a matter of minutes,” Representative Bill Hixon, voted for SB 20. Others against the bill say it’s racial profiling and will cost the state to enforce the
“I remember when Apartheid was being fought in South Africa you had to carry your papers to document what race you were. Are we going back to things like that?” says Susan Berkowitz, Director of S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center….”
SC’s Glam Girl of the GOP Governor is going to be signing a restrictive and racist immigration bill in South Carolina that will cause the same problems we are seeing in Georgia.
This comes from the county where I grew up and lived most of my life.
We keep hearing that the unemployment picture is worse now than during the Great Depression. Yet, in Georgia, farmers are being forced to have their crops rot in the fields because of the new anti-immigration bill that was just passed.
From the Atlantic:
“..Importantly, the more competitive the final goods market (meaning the market for the product that the workers are being hired to make) the flatter the labor demand curve will be. If the market is competitive, then a small increase in prices will cause buyers to shift to a competitors products. This means that a firm’s (or in this case, a farmer’s) profits are sensitive to small shifts in input prices. In the case of agriculture, where one farmers crops are usually very comparable with another farmers, the market will be highly competitive and the demand curve will be flat. This problem is even more exacerbated when the demand is for Georgia farmers in particular, since retailers who buy their products can shift to farmers in competing states.
All of this is to say if you’re going to stop illegal immigrants from doing a job you should be prepared for the job, and perhaps even the business itself, to go away. You may think this is worth it, but you should at least be acknowledging the risks and weigh them against what, if anything, you think is being gained...”
I thought a recent study said that Americans would work for a quarter an hour if necessary. Guess eight bucks an hour is not enough.
There is a problem here. Evidently no one wants to work for only $320 a week in the state of Georgia, where nearly 10% of the population is unemployed.
This is disgusting. If it were not such a social commentary on the fact that there ARE jobs people from Georgia will not do, The Pink Flamingo would be ranting and raving about the new anti-immigration bill. This transcends the bill to show something even more insidious.
“…The resulting manpower shortage has forced state farmers to leave millions of dollars’ worth of blueberries, onions and other crops unharvested and rotting in the fields. It has also put state officials into something of a panic at the damage they’ve done to Georgia’s largest industry.
Barely a month ago, you might recall, Gov. Nathan Deal welcomed the TV cameras into his office as he proudly signed HB 87 into law. Two weeks later, with farmers howling, a scrambling Deal was forced to order a hasty investigation into the impact of the law he had just signed, as if all this had come as quite a surprise to him.
The results of that investigation have now been released. According to survey of 230 Georgia farmers conducted by Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, farmers expect to need more than 11,000 workers at some point over the rest of the season, a number that probably underestimates the real need, since not every farmer in the state responded to the survey.
“The agriculture industry is the number one economic engine in Georgia and it is my sincere hope to find viable and law-abiding solutions to the current problem our farmers face,” Deal said in announcing the findings. In the meantime, Deal proposes that farmers try to hire the 2,000 unemployed criminal probationers estimated to live in southwest Georgia….”
All of this is a wonderful commentary on the mime the anti-immigration, anti-Hispanic bigots have been pushing for years. There ARE NO jobs Americans won’t do. If this is true, and Georgia has nearly a 10% unemployment rate, then why are the crops rotting in the fields. If someone needs a job – there it is!
John Tanton’s puppets will try anything to prove they are right, including this piece of stupidity by Mark Kirkorian.
Evidently Americans are too good to do these kind of jobs, contrary to the lies told by the Tanton machine.
“…“It would completely decimate the produce industry in the United States,” said Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers Association based in Irvine, Calif. He addressed reporters in a telephone press conference Thursday along with other agricultural leaders, including Greg Wickham, CEO of Dairylea Cooperative based in Syracuse and also chairman of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Dairy is in even worse shape than the fruit and vegetable growers when it comes to labor, Wickham said, because dairies are not eligible to use the H-2A guest-worker program, which allows farms to bring in foreign workers on a temporary basis. “Dairy producers continue to have a workforce crisis,” Wickham said in the phone conference.
Farmers advertise job openings and those ads mostly go unanswered, he said. When local Americans apply, they often quit after one to five days, Wickham said.
Many of the local dairy farms have turned to Mexicans and Guatemalans to milk cows and care for the animals. But those workers may not have legal documents to be in the country.
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday proposed legislation that the agriculture community has feared: e-Verify, to be phased in over two years. Wickham said if the legislation is approved, as expected in the coming weeks by Congress, “it could be the final nail in the coffin for the dairy industry,” which is still recovering from drastically low milk prices in 2009.
Agriculture is vulnerable to e-Verify, which allows employers to immediately check a worker’s employment status against federal immigration databases. The electronic system flags people who may be in the country illegally.
That makes up an estimated 50 to 70 percent of farm employees, said Craig Regelbrugge, co-chair of the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform. Agriculture organizations have been pressing Congress for 15 years to overhaul immigration or improve guest-worker policies, expanding the number of workers and making the programs easier to use for farmers. But Congress hasn’t adopted legislation to help the farms with their labor crisis, instead pushing more enforcement initiatives….”
In Georgia, it is backfiring to the point now where the governor is finally checking into facts and figures.
“...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.
Toward that end, the governor said he wants Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black to deliver a report on the issue by the end of next week. “We’re trying to build a database instead of generalities and broad statements,” the governor told members of the Atlanta Rotary Club Monday during a luncheon speech. “We want to get some facts.”…”
Evidently Numbers USA is wrong.
If it weren’t so critical it would be laughable. Jay Brookman wrote:
The anti-immigration bullies have lied and cheated their way into destroying farms, ranches, and raising the cost of food in this country. The big lie is that there are no jobs Americans won’t do.
“…The MSM report ad nauseam that illegal aliens are only “doing work that Americans won’t.” This mantra is mercilessly bandied about by illegal immigration supporters and echoes throughout the halls of Congress and the White House whenever the topic comes up. What is never mentioned, however, is that the illegal aliens are artificially depressing compensation and that illegal aliens are the only ones who will do the work at such low wages. In actual fact, illegal immigration distorts the law of supply and demand in a capitalistic society. Additionally it is grossly hypocritical to want to raise the minimum wage on one hand while the other hand winks at illegal aliens working at far below prevailing wages.
In any case, illegal aliens are not just picking lettuce and digging ditches any more. It wasn’t that long ago that being a dry-waller, brick-layer, house framer, painter, roofer, carpet layer, plumber, or electrician was a decently compensated, middle class trade. Now it is increasingly becoming the work for illegal aliens at far less than the free market rate. While illegal alien workers are only a small portion of many of those job categories their willingness to work at dramatically lower rates artificially drags down the compensation for all workers….”
If the Tanton machine were right, the 10% of Georgians who are unemployed would be lining up to get all those farm jobs that the illegals won’t take. It just isn’t true. Looks like the far right hate that the anti-immigration, pro-abortion, pro-green demands of the Tanton machine has made a mess of things in Georgia.
“…Temperatures hovered in the low 90s with heavy humidity Thursday, but taking off a shirt to relieve the heat invited a blistering sunburn. Tiny gnats flew into workers’ eyes and ears. One experienced Latino worker carried a machete that he used to dispatch a rattlesnake found in the fields.
By law, each worker must earn minimum wage, or $7.25 an hour. But there’s an incentive system. Harvesters get a green ticket worth 50 cents every time they dump a bucket of cucumbers. If they collect more than 15 tickets an hour, they can beat minimum wage.
The Latino workers moved furiously Thursday for the extra pay.
Jose Ranye, 37, bragged he’s the best picker in Americus, the largest community near the farm. His whirling hands filled one bucket in 25 seconds. He said he dumped about 200 buckets of cucumbers before lunch, meaning he earned roughly $20 an hour. He expected to double his tickets before the end of the day.
None of the probationers could keep pace. Pay records showed the best filled only 134 buckets a day, and some as little as 20. They lingered at the water cooler behind the truck, sat on overturned red buckets for smoke breaks and stopped working to take cell phone calls. They also griped that the Latinos received more tickets per bucket than they did, an accusation that appeared unfounded….”
One of these days the politicians are going to wake up to the fact that the anti-immigration movement is not mainstream. It is promoted primarily by FOX, and by some extremely unsavory creatures who do not like Hispanics. It is promoted by the rabid environmental movement who pretends to be anti-immigration.
They have played the Republican politician for fools.
Republicans have allowed it.