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Deal says he won't seek changes to immigration law

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he isn't seeking changes to Georgia's tough law targeting illegal immigration.

Deal made the comments after speaking at a Georgia Farm Bureau luncheon Tuesday in Atlanta. Deal says parts of the law have only been in effect for a few months and more time is needed to assess how it's working.

Georgia farmers have complained since Deal signed the legislation last May that it's scaring away the Hispanic migrant workers they rely on.

Deal says the federal government needs to reform its agricultural guest worker program to make it easier for farmers to use. Many farmers say the program is cumbersome and expensive.

Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall said he thinks an economic impact study should have been carried out before the law was enacted.


toby 2 years, 7 months ago

Use prisoners to pick vegetables. They need something to do and they are cheap.


Oliver 2 years, 7 months ago

Zippy sez - we should have done an economic impact study to see the effect of hiring criminals rather than hiring some of the record numbers of unemployed and under-employed legal residents of Georgia.

Common sense tells us to; not hire the criminals, quit borrowing money to extend longer and pay unemployment benefits, and instead hire the legal residents of Georgia to pick the crops that are rotting in the fields.

We don't need to spend money on some sort of fancy-schmancy economic impact study when we have common sense.


Mack711 2 years, 7 months ago

It would be nice if we could we could use the prisioners and the folks drawing unemployment, but then the ACLU would have it in court before any on arrived at the farm. It would violate their constituional rights. As for an impact study that is money down the drain.


Oliver 2 years, 7 months ago

I can see the ACLU making a twisted and stretched argument that using prisoners violates their constitutional rights, but I see no similar argument about people collecting unemployment insurance. Voluntarily collecting a check from the government can come with strings attached. No one is forced to collect unemployment insurance.
It's time our leaders starting leading rather than listening to the crybabies and buying their re-elections using our tax- dollars and money borrowed from China.


billybobbobilly0 2 years, 7 months ago

Didn't people already try to make inmates work the fields? The inmates chose to stay in prison rather than do manual labor... The legal citizens also don't want to do the work (too difficult and not much pay). Would you want to work on a farm miles and miles away from the nearest shopping mall or search for that office job that provides great benefits and air conditioning? Most of us have surpassed manual labor on to-do list to achieve the American Dream.


Oliver 2 years, 7 months ago

In their minds, they like to think that they don't have to do manual labor. In their minds, their version of the American dream might still be based on flipping real estate and earning a quick $50,000. In their minds they might be a loan officer earning $250,000/ year. But here's their wake-up call. The US is 15 Trillion dollars in debt. That's a very, very large number. And we can pretend that raising the tax rate from 35% to 38% is going to fix the problem, we can tell ourselves that the "Buffett Rule" will make things better, but we know we're only kidding ourselves. These are merely band-aids when we need a tourniquet. We could confiscate all the assets of the people in the Forbes 400 list and we'd barely make a dent in the 15 Trillion. We have to stop spending so much money. If that means that people can no longer collect unemployment checks after being unemployed for 2 years, if that means that people who think they are too good to work in the fields have to work in the fields, if that means people will have to re-evaluate their version of the American dream, well then let me be the first person to welcome you to reality.


BuzzG 2 years, 7 months ago

I am glad he is not seeking changes. It is a good law. Now let's see it enforced. As for us being sued by the ACLU, who cares. Better yet, if you have Progressive Insurance, drop it. It is owned by the largest contributor to the ACLU and profits from your insurance business could well be used to sue you.


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