October 22, 2011

BACKLASHING THE BACKWARDS:

Anti-illegal immigration bill stokes backlash in Alabama fields (Mark Guarino, October 22, 2011, CS Monitor)

Farmers fearing a labor shortage are protesting recent immigration laws they say are too harsh, forcing undocumented workers to flee to prevent deportation. They say US workers are unwilling to endure the rigorous conditions of farm work and that state legislators need to come up with solutions to prevent local agribusiness from going under. [...]

The new immigration laws will result in a $40 million hit to the state's economy, with 10,000 illegal workers, each making about $5,000 a year, set to leave, according to a report released this week by the University of Alabama's Center for Business and Economic Research.

If the nativists were willing to put the US in recession to drive out Mexicans are they really going to worry about losing Alabama farms?




Posted by at October 22, 2011 9:38 AM
  

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