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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Georgia Discovers Immigrants Less Lazy, More Useful Than Once Thought

Posted by Anthony Hecht on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Jay Bookman of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is exactly right: "It might be funny if it wasn’t so sad."

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.

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.

Well this is shocking. Who could have predicted that illegal immigrants are actually doing vital work in our society? All this time I thought they were here to force us to speak Spanish and to relax in the warm embrace of our social safety net!

Governor Nathan Deal is scrambling now to fix the problem he gleefully created himself, before it destroys Georgia's biggest industry. Well done, morons.

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