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.
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