This is Nathaniel Deal. He is the Governor of Georgia.
About a month ago, he signed a very anti-immigration bill into law, titled HB 87
So, all over Georgia, the issue of rotting crops has been viral among the local news media, some made it global as The Economist covered it in this weeks issue, magnifying the farm labor shortages. Even before the signature of the bill, farm associations all across Georgia had advised Gov. Deal to veto such caustic act. But, Deal, who promised a more “comprehensive” legislation against immigration during his campaign trail, ignored all outcries and signed the boorish bill.
Now, reports and investigation (whitewashed) estimate that Georgia’s $1.1 billion fruit-and-vegetable industry could suffer $300m loss.
Agriculture, to Georgia means a whole lot more than what most believe it to be. Away from the busy downtown sky scrapers (kind of), and highways, agriculture is the biggest industry in Georgia. It employs about 13% of state workforce, and generates about $69 billion overall.
With the crops rotting on the farm soil, and no day-laborers, (that would be our parents and our friend’s parents), Governor Deal promulgated this “novel” Solution that would solve the labor shortages *(it is noted that about 70% of American Agricultural workers are undocumented). Deal’s plan was to supply the estimated 11,000 jobs to unemployed probationers.
Well, there was two participating farms in a pilot program to see if this “novel solution” is even operable. Here are the results :
oopthee ?? Here is a simple quote that basically sums up the whole article:
"Those guys out here weren’t out there 30 minutes and they got the bucket and just threw them in the air and say, ‘Bonk this, I ain’t with this. I can’t do this,’" said Jermond Powell, a 33-year-old probationer working at a farm in Leslie. "They just left, took off across the field walking."
EXACTLY. those are the kind of jobs our parents and our community takes on to give a better life for us children. The pain and sacrifices they endure for OUR future. We don’t even get paid that well. Don’t you dare tell us that we are here to munch off your system. We paid well enough for the opportunities, this government has already restricted, through blood, sweat, and taxes.
Angered but still sincere,
The Undocumented, Unafraid, Unashamed, and Unapologetic
P.S. in your face Deal! We already told you this would happen. This isn’t even counting the damages you are doing to the rest of the younger/student community.