Jun. 21st, 2011 09:32 pm
kuangning: (pureglasscup fuck it)
[personal profile] kuangning
I'd say "from the Department of Unintended Consequences" but ...

After enacting House Bill 87, a law designed to drive illegal immigrants out of Georgia, state officials appear shocked to discover that HB 87 is, well, driving a lot of illegal immigrants out of Georgia.

It might be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Thanks to the resulting labor shortage, Georgia farmers have been forced to leave millions of dollars' worth of blueberries, onions, melons 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.

... So, tell me again about how Americans would gladly take those jobs that are being blatantly stolen by illegal immigrants? Because any income's better than none, right, even if you can't support your family on it and the hours are brutal and there are no benefits, and real Americans deserve those jobs? Yeah, I thought so. I won't be moving to Georgia to pick crops either -- but at least I knew that without this lovely little experiment. Not, you understand, that it will stop the next state from pushing through copycat legislation, because it's not about jobs, at the heart of it, and we all know that. But when the next state does, it'll at least be a little harder for them to pretend it's about jobs and not about funny brown-skinned people with strange ways and a different language -- and, pitifully little as that is, for now it'll have to do.

Date: 2011-06-22 02:13 am (UTC)
trinker: I own an almanac. (Default)
From: [personal profile] trinker
I've been saying exactly this would happen...I'm sorry to be right.

Date: 2011-06-23 05:00 am (UTC)
trinker: I own an almanac. (Default)
From: [personal profile] trinker
I'm wondering what's happened to the thriving Chinese community in Doraville. I suspect not all of them were documented immigrants, either.

This entire country would come to a screaming halt if every single undocumented alien were deported. I don't think the jingoists understand that.

Date: 2011-06-22 05:22 am (UTC)
stoneself: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stoneself
zomg! let's exploit cheap labor!!!
zomg! illegal aliens!!! hate! hate! hate!

they want their cake and eat it too?

Date: 2011-06-22 11:42 am (UTC)
ext_123523: (Default)
From: [identity profile] inflection.livejournal.com
A few years ago California had a bout of anti-immigration activism, and the pear crop had the same thing happen to it. Farmers were offering $150 an hour and couldn't get American pickers into the fields.

Date: 2011-06-22 01:42 pm (UTC)
ext_123523: (Default)
From: [identity profile] inflection.livejournal.com
Here's the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/22/washington/22growers.html

They lost the pears. Millions of acres rotted on the ground. (And, ah, the $150 was a day's wages they were offering.)

Date: 2011-06-22 11:44 am (UTC)
ext_123523: (Default)
From: [identity profile] inflection.livejournal.com
Err. Minus a zero there, but same idea.

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